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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2. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSK) is up $0.60 (1.1%) to $57.42 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.92-$57.67 after having opened the day at $57.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.82.

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Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $21.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is up $0.50 (0.6%) to $78.42 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.1 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.57-$79.40 after having opened the day at $79.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.92.

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Target Corporation operates as a general merchandise retailer in the United States and Canada. Target has a market cap of $50.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Target a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Target 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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