3 Services Stocks Driving The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 61 points (0.3%) at 18,072 as of Monday, June 1, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,805 issues advancing vs. 1,201 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Qunar Cayman Islands ( QUNR), up 4.8%, DISH Network ( DISH), up 2.8%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 2.6%, Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), up 2.4% and eBay ( EBAY), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), down 13.4%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 2.1%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 1.9%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 1.7% and Southwest Airlines ( LUV), down 0.6%.

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

3. Visa ( V) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Visa is up $0.61 (0.9%) to $69.29 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.43-$69.38 after having opened the day at $69.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.68.

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Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $136.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $1.19 (1.1%) to $111.56 on average volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.55-$111.77 after having opened the day at $111.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.37.

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The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. Walt Disney has a market cap of $187.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 17.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $2.58 (0.6%) to $431.81 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $426.20-$433.00 after having opened the day at $430.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $429.23.

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Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. It operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $198.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 38.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Amazon.com 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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