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5 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

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 135 points (1.0%) at 13,995 as of Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 11:44 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,283 issues advancing vs. 634 declining with 96 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Seacor Holdings (CKH), down 21.8%, Life Time Fitness (LTM), down 20.1%, Brink's Company (BCO), down 10.0%, Harris Teeter Supermarkets (HTSI), down 9.3% and VistaPrint (VPRT), down 8.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International (CTRP), up 6.0%, Delhaize Group (DEG), up 4.5%, United Rentals (URI), up 3.9%, Grupo Televisa S.A (TV), up 3.0% and Sirius XM Radio (SIRI), up 2.9%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Charter Communications (CHTR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Charter Communications is down $1.04 (-1.3%) to $76.93 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 802,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.78-$78.78 after having opened the day at $78.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.97.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Charter Communications Ratings Report now.

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