3 Services Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 17,970 as of Thursday, June 25, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,139 issues advancing vs. 1,826 declining with 188 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Team Health Holdings ( TMH), up 5.3%, AMC Networks ( AMCX), up 3.1%, Restaurant Brands International ( QSR), up 2.2%, Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX), up 1.6% and Carnival ( CCL), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Avis Budget Group ( CAR), down 4.6%, Golar LNG ( GLNG), down 3.5%, Trinity Industries ( TRN), down 3.4%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 2.8% and Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), down 1.6%.

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

3. Time Warner ( TWX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, Time Warner is up $1.32 (1.5%) to $88.42 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.15-$88.43 after having opened the day at $87.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.10.

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Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Turner, Home Box Office, and Warner Bros. Time Warner has a market cap of $72.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 20 analysts who rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance 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 Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starbucks ( SBUX) is up $0.48 (0.9%) to $54.19 on light volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Starbucks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.04-$54.45 after having opened the day at $54.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.71.

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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 $81.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 31.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 21 analysts who rate Starbucks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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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1. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is up $1.21 (0.7%) to $177.56 on light volume. Thus far, 730,169 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $176.78-$177.95 after having opened the day at $176.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $176.35.

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Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides video, high-speed data, and voice services in the United States. It operates in three segments: Residential Services, Business Services, and Other Operations. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $50.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Time Warner Cable a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance 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 Time Warner Cable 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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