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 57 points (-0.3%) at 18,059 as of Friday, June 19, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,336 issues advancing vs. 1,624 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include American Airlines Group ( AAL), up 4.5%, Fiserv ( FISV), up 3.2%, Cencosud ( CNCO), up 2.8%, JetBlue Airways ( JBLU), up 2.6% and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 2.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include YY ( YY), down 6.8%, Vipshop Holdings Ltd ADR A ( VIPS), down 5.1%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 3.2%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 2.6% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.2%.

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

3. Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill is up $4.40 (0.7%) to $610.60 on average volume. Thus far, 242,434 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 552,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $604.24-$611.97 after having opened the day at $605.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $606.20.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops and operates fast-casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. As of April 21, 2015, it operated approximately 1,800 restaurants, including 19 Chipotle restaurants and 10 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Chipotle Mexican Grill Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is up $0.20 (0.6%) to $33.22 on average volume. Thus far, 7.5 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.81-$33.32 after having opened the day at $32.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.02.

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Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. It operates through Cable Network Programming, Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Direct Broadcast Satellite Television segments. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $41.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Twenty-First Century Fox Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $1.22 (1.1%) to $113.07 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.44-$113.16 after having opened the day at $111.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.85.

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The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $143.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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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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