3 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 17,548 as of Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,802 issues advancing vs. 1,173 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Sears Holdings ( SHLD), up 28.6%, Fair Isaac ( FICO), up 16.1%, Target ( TGT), up 3.8%, Norfolk Southern ( NSC), up 2.4% and Liberty Global ( LBTYK), up 2.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 25.3%, Walt Disney ( DIS), down 3.0%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 3.0%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 2.6% and CBS ( CBS), down 1.8%.

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

3. Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores is up $0.55 (0.7%) to $78.36 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.61-$79.08 after having opened the day at $77.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.81.

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $250.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.37 (0.7%) to $53.63 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.11-$53.69 after having opened the day at $53.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.26.

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eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $66.6 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate eBay a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $1.61 (0.5%) to $298.25 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $296.29-$299.59 after having opened the day at $297.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $296.64.

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Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $137.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 25.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Amazon.com 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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