3 Stocks Moving The Services Sector Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 15 points (-0.1%) at 17,638 as of Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,511 issues advancing vs. 1,431 declining with 199 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include YY Inc ADR ( YY), up 4.9%, Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 3.9%, Rockwell Automation ( ROK), up 1.6%, Macy's ( M), up 1.1% and Time Warner ( TWX), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 10.8%, Yum Brands ( YUM), down 0.7% and Visa ( V), down 0.5%.

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

3. Pandora Media ( P) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Pandora Media is up $2.51 (13.6%) to $20.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 12.3 million shares of Pandora Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.02-$21.53 after having opened the day at $19.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.45.

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Pandora Media, Inc. provides Internet radio services in the United States. The company allows listeners to create up to 100 personalized stations to access free music and comedy, as well as offers Pandora One, a paid subscription service to listeners. Pandora Media has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 30.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Pandora Media a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pandora Media as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Pandora Media Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CBS ( CBS) is up $0.62 (1.2%) to $52.49 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of CBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.96-$52.61 after having opened the day at $52.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.87.

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CBS Corporation operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. It operates through Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing, Local Broadcasting segments. CBS has a market cap of $24.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 18.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate CBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full CBS Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McDonald's ( MCD) is up $0.94 (1.0%) to $96.42 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of McDonald's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.27-$97.18 after having opened the day at $95.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.48.

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McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's has a market cap of $92.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate McDonald's a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full McDonald's 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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