3 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 18,120 as of Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,606 issues advancing vs. 1,375 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Green Dot ( GDOT), up 34.9%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 7.5%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 2.4%, Vipshop Holdings Ltd ADR A ( VIPS), up 2.3% and L Brands ( LB), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sonic ( SONC), down 10.9%, ADT ( ADT), down 4.2%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 1.4%, Carnival ( CCL), down 1.1% and Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 1.1%.

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

3. Directv ( DTV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Directv is up $0.78 (0.8%) to $93.64 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.21-$93.90 after having opened the day at $93.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.86.

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DIRECTV, a digital television entertainment company, engages in the direct-to-home (DTH) business in the United States and Latin America. It acquires, promotes, sells, and distributes digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $46.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Directv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is up $0.72 (0.6%) to $114.25 on average volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.72-$114.42 after having opened the day at $113.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.53.

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The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. Walt Disney has a market cap of $191.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 20.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Walt Disney Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $7.06 (1.6%) to $443.35 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $433.69-$444.63 after having opened the day at $435.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $436.29.

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Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. It operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $202.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 40.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Amazon.com 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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