3 Stocks Driving The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 54 points (0.3%) at 18,054 as of Thursday, June 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,776 issues advancing vs. 1,216 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Men's Wearhouse ( MW), up 5.7%, Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), up 2.7%, Rite Aid ( RAD), up 2.5%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), up 2.5% and Grupo Televisa SAB ( TV), up 2.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ritchie Bros Auctioneers ( RBA), down 3.8%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 3.1%, Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2.3%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 1.7% and CBS ( CBS), down 1.5%.

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

3. Home Depot ( HD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Home Depot is up $0.63 (0.6%) to $111.61 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 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 $111.00-$112.33 after having opened the day at $111.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.98.

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The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $142.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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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2. As of noon trading, Union Pacific ( UNP) is up $1.33 (1.3%) to $101.00 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.81-$101.26 after having opened the day at $100.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.67.

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Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, operates railroads in the United States. Union Pacific has a market cap of $87.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 16.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Union Pacific Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is up $0.30 (0.5%) to $58.53 on light volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.10-$58.77 after having opened the day at $58.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.23.

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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 $122.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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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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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