Today's Top Performers In Services

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 176 points (1.0%) at 18,236 as of Thursday, May 14, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,373 issues advancing vs. 649 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 10.7%, Qunar Cayman Islands ( QUNR), up 6.9%, Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX), up 2.9%, McKesson ( MCK), up 2.4% and Carnival ( CCL), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Kohl's ( KSS), down 12.0%, Jack In The Box ( JACK), down 5.3%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 4.4%, Best Buy ( BBY), down 2.9% and Costco Wholesale ( COST), down 1.0%.

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

3. MasterCard ( MA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, MasterCard is up $0.98 (1.1%) to $93.50 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.80-$93.56 after having opened the day at $93.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.52.

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MasterCard Incorporated, a technology company, provides transaction processing and other payment-related products and services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard has a market cap of $103.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate MasterCard a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full MasterCard Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Walgreens Boots Alliance ( WBA) is up $0.90 (1.1%) to $84.97 on light volume. Thus far, 795,405 shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.36-$85.32 after having opened the day at $84.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.07.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreens Boots Alliance has a market cap of $91.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Walgreens Boots Alliance a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreens Boots Alliance as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Walgreens Boots Alliance Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $4.59 (1.1%) to $431.46 on light volume. Thus far, 930,996 shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $427.01-$432.34 after having opened the day at $429.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $426.87.

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Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. It operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $200.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 38.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's 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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