3 Services Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 15 points (-0.1%) at 17,673 as of Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 12:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 967 issues advancing vs. 1,986 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Staples ( SPLS), up 9.3%, Lowe's Companies ( LOW), up 6.5%, DISH Network ( DISH), up 6.6%, Home Depot ( HD), up 1.3% and Canadian National Railway ( CNI), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI), down 1.9%, Netflix ( NFLX), down 1.8%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 1.6%, McKesson ( MCK), down 1.2% and Walt Disney ( DIS), down 1.1%.

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

3. Time Warner ( TWX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Time Warner is up $0.41 (0.5%) to $80.91 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.04-$81.18 after having opened the day at $80.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.50.

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Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Turner, Home Box Office, Warner Bros., and Time Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $67.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 20 analysts who rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $1.59 (1.9%) to $85.38 on average volume. Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.92-$85.52 after having opened the day at $83.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.79.

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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 $269.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McDonald's ( MCD) is up $0.68 (0.7%) to $97.09 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of McDonald's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.48-$97.18 after having opened the day at $96.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.41.

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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 $93.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, 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 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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