3 Stocks Advancing The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 78 points (0.5%) at 17,023 as of Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,765 issues advancing vs. 1,183 declining with 200 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 2.9%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), up 2.7%, Spirit Airlines ( SAVE), up 2.7%, Foot Locker ( FL), up 2.6% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Finish Line ( FINL), down 12.4%, JC Penney ( JCP), down 4.7%, Sears Holdings ( SHLD), down 3.9%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 2.3% and Costco Wholesale ( COST), down 0.7%.

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

3. Starbucks ( SBUX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Starbucks is up $0.50 (0.7%) to $74.62 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Starbucks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.94-$74.72 after having opened the day at $74.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.12.

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Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, packaged roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single serve products, and juices and bottled water. Starbucks has a market cap of $56.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Starbucks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share 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 Starbucks Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $0.94 (0.9%) to $108.13 on light volume. Thus far, 844,050 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.02-$108.20 after having opened the day at $107.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.19.

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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 $97.5 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 27.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is up $0.37 (1.1%) to $34.11 on light volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.62-$34.17 after having opened the day at $33.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.74.

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Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. It operates through Cable Network Programming, Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Direct Broadcast Satellite Television segments. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $48.0 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Twenty-First Century Fox 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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