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RCII, SIRI, LOW And SBUX, Pushing Services Sector Downward

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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 15,878 as of Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,973 issues advancing vs. 972 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. A company within the sector that fell today was Home Depot ( HD), up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include TAL Education Group ( XRS), up 13.6%, YY ( YY), up 11.7%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 10.5%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 4.8% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 4.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Rent-A-Center ( RCII) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Rent-A-Center is down $5.96 (-19.1%) to $25.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Rent-A-Center exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 520,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.75-$25.90 after having opened the day at $25.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.22.

Rent-A-Center, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, leases household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis. It operates in four segments: Core U.S., RAC Acceptance, International, and ColorTyme. Rent-A-Center has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Rent-A-Center a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rent-A-Center as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Rent-A-Center Ratings Report now.

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