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3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.3%) at 13,114 as of Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,438 issues advancing vs. 1,420 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ryanair Holdings (RYAAY), down 1.8%, Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), down 1.8%, CSX (CSX), down 1.3%, Wynn Resorts (WYNN), down 1.3% and Yum Brands (YUM), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Geo Group (GEO), up 7.0%, Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD), up 3.8%, McGraw-Hill Companies Incorporated (MHP), up 2.4%, Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), up 1.9% and Grupo Televisa S.A (TV), up 1.4%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. Focus Media (FMCN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Focus Media is down $1.48 (-6.0%) to $23.27 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Focus Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.58-$24.00 after having opened the day at $23.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.75.

Focus Media Holding Limited, a multi-platform digital media company, operates liquid crystal display (LCD) network using audiovisual digital displays in China. Focus Media has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Focus Media a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Focus Media as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Focus Media Ratings Report now.

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