5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 266 points (-2.0%) at 12,979 as of Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 2:19 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 512 issues advancing vs. 2,488 declining with 87 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), down 3.4%, DISH Network ( DISH), down 3.1%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), down 3.2%, Tyco International ( TYC), down 2.7% and Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), down 2.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Time Warner ( TWX), up 4.5%, Henry Schein ( HSIC), up 2.1%, News Corporation ( NWSA), up 2.2% and Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX), up 0.7%.

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

5. Yum Brands ( YUM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Yum Brands is down $0.76 (-1.0%) to $72.40 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.56-$73.00 after having opened the day at $72.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.15.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. Yum Brands has a market cap of $32.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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