3 Stocks Driving The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 45 points (-0.3%) at 17,859 as of Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,059 issues advancing vs. 1,922 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include YY ( YY), up 7.3%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 3.3%, Vipshop Holdings Ltd ADR A ( VIPS), up 2.2%, Nordstrom ( JWN), up 1.9% and Macy's ( M), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.7%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 1.5%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 1.4%, Gap ( GPS), down 1.4% and Royal Philips ( PHG), down 1.3%.

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

3. Canadian National Railway ( CNI) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Canadian National Railway is up $0.51 (0.9%) to $60.12 on average volume. Thus far, 742,970 shares of Canadian National Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.41-$60.30 after having opened the day at $59.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.61.

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Canadian National Railway Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in rail and related transportation business in North America. Canadian National Railway has a market cap of $47.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Canadian National Railway a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian National Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, 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 Canadian National Railway Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is up $0.29 (1.5%) to $19.38 on average volume. Thus far, 5.9 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.13-$19.48 after having opened the day at $19.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.09.

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MGM Resorts International, through its subsidiaries, owns and/or operates casino resorts. It operates through two segments, Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts and MGM China. The company's casino resorts offer gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment, retail, and other resort amenities. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full MGM Resorts International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is up $0.57 (1.1%) to $52.82 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.45-$52.93 after having opened the day at $52.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.25.

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Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. The company owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, the Plaza Casino, and the Sands Macao in Macau, the People's Republic of China. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $41.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 10.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity 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 Las Vegas Sands 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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