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5 Stocks Dragging The Services Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), down 14.4%, Zillow ( Z), down 5.5%, Washington Post Company ( WPO), down 4.7%, Urban Outfitters ( URBN), down 3.0% and Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 2.9%. Top gainers within the sector include Cabela's ( CAB), up 5.8%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 3.2%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 2.7%, CarMax ( KMX), up 2.6% and eBay ( EBAY), up 2.3%.

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

5. Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation is down $0.46 (-0.8%) to $56.48 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.25-$56.91 after having opened the day at $56.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.94.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, engages in the provision of various merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General Corporation 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, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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