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Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 147 points (1.0%) at 15,587 as of Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,311 issues advancing vs. 626 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Advance Auto Parts (AAP), up 12.7%, O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 9.1%, Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS), up 8.2%, Fleetcor Technologies (FLT), up 7.6% and Walt Disney (DIS), up 5.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. United Continental Holdings (UAL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings is up $1.62 (3.7%) to $45.23 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.64-$45.93 after having opened the day at $43.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.61.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates in six continents from its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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