3 Services Stocks Driving The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 263 points (1.5%) at 18,187 as of Friday, May 8, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,517 issues advancing vs. 522 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 3.9%, Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), up 3.8%, Carnival ( CCL), up 3.5%, Southwest Airlines ( LUV), up 3.0% and Hilton Worldwide Holdings ( HLT), up 2.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CBS ( CBS), down 1.2%, and Priceline Group ( PCLN), down 0.7%.

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

3. CVS Health ( CVS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, CVS Health is up $1.12 (1.1%) to $100.48 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of CVS Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.85-$101.10 after having opened the day at $99.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.36.

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CVS Health Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. The company operates through Pharmacy Services and Retail Pharmacy segments. CVS Health has a market cap of $111.6 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate CVS Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Health 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CVS Health Ratings Report now.

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