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5 Stocks Pulling 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 81 points (-0.5%) at 15,762 as of Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,157 issues advancing vs. 1,771 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 4.7%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 3.5%, Royal Philips ( PHG), down 1.9%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), down 1.4% and McKesson ( MCK), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include China Lodging Group ( HTHT), up 6.6%, JetBlue Airways Corporation ( JBLU), up 4.2%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), up 3.3%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 2.1% and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT), up 1.7%.

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

5. W.W. Grainger ( GWW) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, W.W. Grainger is down $1.95 (-0.8%) to $252.10 on heavy volume. Thus far, 446,202 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 371,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $246.86-$254.80 after having opened the day at $254.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $254.05.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. engages in the distribution of maintenance, repair, and operating supplies, as well as other related products and services for businesses and institutions primarily in the United States and Canada. W.W. Grainger has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate W.W. Grainger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W.W. Grainger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full W.W. Grainger Ratings Report now.

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