3 Stocks Advancing The Services Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,738 issues advancing vs. 1,242 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 3.5%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), up 2.7%, CarMax ( KMX), up 2.7%, Rite Aid ( RAD), up 2.4% and Norfolk Southern ( NSC), up 2.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 1.9%, Alliance Data Systems ( ADS), down 1.6%, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), down 1.4%, Expedia ( EXPE), down 1.3% and MasterCard ( MA), down 1.2%.

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

3. United Parcel Service ( UPS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service is up $1.47 (1.5%) to $99.43 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of United Parcel Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.65-$99.88 after having opened the day at $98.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.96.

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United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service has a market cap of $69.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate United Parcel Service a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full United Parcel Service Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is up $1.20 (3.1%) to $39.38 on average volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.41-$39.67 after having opened the day at $38.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.19.

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Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 34.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Whole Foods Market a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $1.27 (1.2%) to $109.19 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.28-$109.35 after having opened the day at $108.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.92.

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Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in the United States. Union Pacific has a market cap of $96.1 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 28.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Union Pacific Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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