3 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 17,085 as of Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,160 issues advancing vs. 1,849 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Teekay ( TK), up 13.1%, eBay ( EBAY), up 7.3%, Cintas ( CTAS), up 7.1%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), up 3.5% and Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 3.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Magna International ( MGA), down 2.0%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), down 1.6% and TJX Companies ( TJX), down 0.7%.

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

3. MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International is up $0.54 (2.4%) to $22.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.4 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.68-$22.74 after having opened the day at $22.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.16.

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MGM Resorts International, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates casino resorts. The company operates in two segments, Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts and MGM China. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full MGM Resorts International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is up $0.67 (1.8%) to $38.23 on average volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.56-$39.50 after having opened the day at $37.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.56.

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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 35.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, United Parcel Service ( UPS) is up $1.24 (1.3%) to $98.58 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of United Parcel Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.25-$98.96 after having opened the day at $97.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.34.

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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 $68.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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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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