3 Services Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 105 points (0.6%) at 17,136 as of Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,972 issues advancing vs. 1,018 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Zillow ( Z), up 6.2%, Pandora Media ( P), up 5.8%, YY ( YY), up 4.7%, Live Nation Entertainment ( LYV), up 3.9% and Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), up 3.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Con-way ( CNW), down 4.8%, Copa Holdings ( CPA), down 4.2%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 3.1%, Netflix ( NFLX), down 1.0% and Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 1.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Visa ( V) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Visa is up $1.52 (0.7%) to $216.16 on light volume. Thus far, 897,045 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $213.65-$216.29 after having opened the day at $214.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $214.64.

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Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $105.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

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