3 Services Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.2%) at 18,080 as of Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,713 issues advancing vs. 1,260 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Cracker Barrel Old Country Store ( CBRL), up 5.0%, Dollar General ( DG), up 3.6%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 6.8%, Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), up 0.8% and AerCap Holdings ( AER), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 5.4%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 2.0%, Kroger ( KR), down 0.5%, Charter Communications ( CHTR), down 0.7% and United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 0.4%.

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

3. Target ( TGT) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Target is up $0.46 (0.6%) to $79.97 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 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 $78.91-$80.00 after having opened the day at $79.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.51.

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Target Corporation operates as a general merchandise retailer in the United States and Canada. Target has a market cap of $50.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Target Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $1.01 (0.9%) to $112.09 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.64-$112.12 after having opened the day at $110.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.08.

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The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $144.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot 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, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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 Home Depot Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline Group ( PCLN) is up $24.21 (2.1%) to $1,190.87 on average volume. Thus far, 333,248 shares of Priceline Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 605,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,161.56-$1,191.80 after having opened the day at $1,162.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,166.66.

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The Priceline Group Inc. provides online travel and travel related reservation and search services. Priceline Group has a market cap of $60.8 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Priceline Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Priceline Group 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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