3 Services Stocks On The Rise

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 16 points (-0.1%) at 18,296 as of Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,463 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Time Warner Cable ( TWC), up 5.1%, Computer ( CSC), up 3.5%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), up 3.3%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 3.1% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Southwest Airlines ( LUV), down 7.5%, American Airlines Group ( AAL), down 6.1%, Spirit Airlines ( SAVE), down 5.6%, JetBlue Airways ( JBLU), down 5.3% and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 4.3%.

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

3. Liberty Global ( LBTYA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Liberty Global is up $2.08 (3.9%) to $55.19 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.22-$55.26 after having opened the day at $53.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.11.

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Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, and mobile services in Europe, Chile, Puerto Rico, and internationally. Liberty Global has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Liberty Global a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Liberty Global Ratings Report now.

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