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.

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