3 Stocks Moving The Services Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 8 points (0.0%) at 18,244 as of Friday, May 15, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,559 issues advancing vs. 1,400 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include China Lodging Group ( HTHT), up 19.2%, Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 8.2%, Casey's General Stores ( CASY), up 6.9%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 5.2% and Netflix ( NFLX), up 4.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include eBay ( EBAY), down 0.9%, Visa ( V), down 0.8% and Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 0.8%.

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

3. Rite Aid ( RAD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Rite Aid is up $0.25 (3.1%) to $8.18 on average volume. Thus far, 11.7 million shares of Rite Aid exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.92-$8.18 after having opened the day at $7.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.93.

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Rite Aid Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail drugstores in the United States. Rite Aid has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Rite Aid a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rite Aid as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Rite Aid Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Charter Communications ( CHTR) is up $2.26 (1.3%) to $179.05 on light volume. Thus far, 381,627 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $177.14-$179.90 after having opened the day at $177.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $176.79.

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Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Charter Communications Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dollar General ( DG) is up $0.77 (1.1%) to $74.23 on light volume. Thus far, 991,303 shares of Dollar General exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.61-$74.46 after having opened the day at $73.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.46.

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Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides various merchandise products in the southern, southwestern, midwestern, and eastern United States. Dollar General has a market cap of $22.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Dollar General a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General 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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