3 Stocks Boosting The Services Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 18,317 as of Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,119 issues advancing vs. 1,843 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include AmerisourceBergen ( ABC), up 1.5%, Yum Brands ( YUM), up 1.0%, MasterCard ( MA), up 0.9% and FedEx ( FDX), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT), down 4.2%, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), down 1.9%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 1.7%, American Airlines Group ( AAL), down 1.5% and Canadian National Railway ( CNI), down 1.0%.

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

3. Macy's ( M) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Macy's is up $1.17 (1.7%) to $69.02 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.38-$69.05 after having opened the day at $67.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.85.

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Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Its stores and Websites sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Macy's has a market cap of $22.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Macy's a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy'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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Macy's Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is up $0.70 (2.1%) to $34.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.4 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.97-$34.56 after having opened the day at $34.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.68.

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Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. It operates through Cable Network Programming, Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Direct Broadcast Satellite Television segments. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $42.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Twenty-First Century Fox Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McDonald's ( MCD) is up $0.68 (0.7%) to $98.70 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of McDonald's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.65-$98.72 after having opened the day at $98.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.02.

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McDonald's Corporation operates and franchises 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 products, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. McDonald's has a market cap of $94.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate McDonald's a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. 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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