3 Services Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 51 points (-0.3%) at 18,140 as of Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,286 issues advancing vs. 1,726 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 14.6%, On Assignment ( ASGN), up 12.7%, News ( NWSA), up 5.0%, H&R Block ( HRB), up 1.6% and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 4.6%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 3.4%, Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 3.3%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 1.9% and Hilton Worldwide Holdings ( HLT), down 1.6%.

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

3. Kohl's ( KSS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Kohl's is up $0.61 (0.8%) to $74.89 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.40-$75.24 after having opened the day at $74.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.28.

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Kohl's Corporation operates department stores in the United States. It offers private label, exclusive, and national brand apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty, and home products to children, men, and women customers. Kohl's has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 20.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Kohl's a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Kohl's Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kroger ( KR) is up $0.55 (0.8%) to $72.34 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.71-$72.73 after having opened the day at $72.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.79.

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The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States and internationally. It also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. Kroger has a market cap of $34.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $14.65 (2.5%) to $589.25 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $575.30-$589.66 after having opened the day at $576.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $574.60.

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Netflix, Inc., an Internet television network, engages in the Internet delivery of TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Domestic Streaming, International Streaming, and Domestic DVD. Netflix has a market cap of $34.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 65.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate Netflix a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and premium valuation. Get the full Netflix 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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