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3 Stocks Pulling The Services Sector Downward

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 24 points (0.1%) at 16,720 as of Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,382 issues advancing vs. 1,595 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include DXP (DXPE), down 38.5%, ExamWorks Group (EXAM), down 12.7%, Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 2.5%, Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), down 2.3% and Dollar Tree Stores (DLTR), down 2.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Vantiv (VNTV), up 4.0%, McKesson (MCK), up 2.9%, Liberty Global (LBTYA), up 1.7%, Expeditors International of Washington (EXPD), up 1.2% and United Parcel Service (UPS), up 0.9%.

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

3. Home Depot (HD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Home Depot is down $0.96 (-1.2%) to $77.31 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.26-$78.68 after having opened the day at $78.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.27.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $106.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Home Depot Ratings Report now.

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