3 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 37 points (-0.2%) at 18,248 as of Friday, May 22, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,104 issues advancing vs. 1,850 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 16.9%, Renren ( RENN), up 11.6%, Lions Gate Entertainment ( LGF), up 4.7%, Time Warner Cable ( TWC), up 2.8% and Grupo Televisa SAB ( TV), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Qunar Cayman Islands ( QUNR), down 3.5%, Ross Stores ( ROST), down 3.3%, Restaurant Brands International ( QSR), down 2.5%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), down 1.4% and Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 1.4%.

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

3. Dollar General ( DG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Dollar General is up $0.44 (0.6%) to $73.73 on light volume. Thus far, 940,944 shares of Dollar General exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.24-$73.82 after having opened the day at $73.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.29.

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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 $22.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 3.7% 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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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is up $0.49 (0.6%) to $85.64 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.07-$85.74 after having opened the day at $85.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.15.

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Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Turner, Home Box Office, and Warner Bros. Time Warner has a market cap of $70.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 21 analysts who rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Kroger ( KR) is up $0.41 (0.6%) to $74.46 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.75-$74.53 after having opened the day at $74.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.05.

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The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States and internationally. It also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. Kroger has a market cap of $36.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Kroger 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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