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 20 points (-0.2%) at 12,795 as of Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,283 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 9.4%, GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC), down 2.8%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 2.9%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 2.8% and Gannett ( GCI), down 2.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Best Buy ( BBY), up 5.1%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 3.8%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 2.4%, United Rentals ( URI), up 2.0% and Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 1.7%.

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

5. Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Whirlpool Corporation is down $0.99 (-1.0%) to $95.62 on average volume Thus far, 437,717 shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.56-$97.38 after having opened the day at $96.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.61.

Whirlpool Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances worldwide. Its principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other portable household appliances. Whirlpool Corporation has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 105.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Whirlpool Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whirlpool Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Whirlpool Corporation Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is down $0.57 (-0.6%) to $91.00 on light volume Thus far, 469,925 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.82-$92.34 after having opened the day at $91.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.57.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. engages in the ownership and operation of natural and organic food supermarkets. The company offers produce, seafood, grocery, meat and poultry, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is down $0.19 (-0.4%) to $46.80 on light volume Thus far, 727,477 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.46-$46.96 after having opened the day at $46.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.99.

Dollar General Corporation operates as a discount retailer primarily in the southern, southwestern, midwestern, and eastern United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, AutoZone ( AZO) is down $1.89 (-0.5%) to $375.00 on light volume Thus far, 51,984 shares of AutoZone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 541,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $374.95-$380.08 after having opened the day at $376.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $376.89.

AutoZone, Inc. engages in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone has a market cap of $14.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate AutoZone a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoZone as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full AutoZone Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is down $0.56 (-1.2%) to $47.17 on light volume Thus far, 3.3 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.98-$48.03 after having opened the day at $47.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.73.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, services, and tools to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $61.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. 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 eBay Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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