Today's Top Performers In Services

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 36 points (0.2%) at 17,520 as of Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,530 issues advancing vs. 1,416 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Whole Foods Market ( WFM), up 10.9%, Henry Schein ( HSIC), up 5.2%, CDW ( CDW), up 4.0%, Foot Locker ( FL), up 2.8% and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include MWI Veterinary Supply ( MWIV), down 9.3%, Discovery Communications ( DISCA), down 3.3%, Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2.1%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 1.5% and Shaw Communications ( SJR), down 1.4%.

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

3. Costco Wholesale ( COST) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale is up $0.78 (0.6%) to $137.28 on light volume. Thus far, 587,245 shares of Costco Wholesale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $136.60-$137.67 after having opened the day at $137.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $136.50.

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Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale has a market cap of $59.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Costco Wholesale a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale 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 increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Costco Wholesale Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is up $1.78 (3.1%) to $58.98 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.33-$58.99 after having opened the day at $57.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.20.

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Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Its stores and Websites sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Macy's has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Macy's Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is up $0.61 (1.1%) to $57.55 on light volume. Thus far, 806,185 shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.97-$57.61 after having opened the day at $57.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.94.

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Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $56.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Lowe's Companies 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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