Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 104 points (0.6%) at 17,895 as of Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,771 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN), up 4.1%, Vipshop Holdings Ltd ADR A ( VIPS), up 2.0%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), up 1.7%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 1.5% and Gap ( GPS), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Greenbrier Companies ( GBX), down 8.0%, Shutterstock ( SSTK), down 5.7%, YY ( YY), down 4.1%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 2.0% and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.5%.

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

3. Starbucks ( SBUX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Starbucks is up $0.72 (1.4%) to $52.99 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Starbucks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.20-$52.99 after having opened the day at $52.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.27.

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Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa; China/Asia Pacific; and Channel Development. Starbucks has a market cap of $79.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 27.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 21 analysts who rate Starbucks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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