4 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 52 points (0.4%) at 12,867 as of Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 11:54 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,426 issues advancing vs. 1,481 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was KAR Auction Services ( KAR), up 7.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS), up 5.0%, Home Depot ( HD), up 4.4%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 2.3%, Ross Stores ( ROST), up 2.2% and O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY), up 1.9%.

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

4. LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, LATAM Airlines Group S.A is down $0.36 (-1.5%) to $23.91 on light volume Thus far, 124,781 shares of LATAM Airlines Group S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 470,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.61-$24.09 after having opened the day at $24.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.27.

LATAM Airlines Group S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services primarily in South America. As of June 22, 2012, the company operated a fleet of 310 aircrafts. LATAM Airlines Group S.A has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate LATAM Airlines Group S.A a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LATAM Airlines Group S.A as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full LATAM Airlines Group S.A Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM) is down $2.50 (-11.5%) to $19.26 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of AECOM Technology Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 822,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.94-$20.98 after having opened the day at $20.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.76.

AECOM Technology Corporation provides professional technical and management support services for commercial and government clients worldwide. AECOM Technology Corporation has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate AECOM Technology Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AECOM Technology Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full AECOM Technology Corporation Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is down $0.53 (-1.2%) to $42.93 on light volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.90-$43.37 after having opened the day at $43.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.46.

Las Vegas Sands Corp., together with its subsidiaries, owns, develops, and operates various integrated resort properties primarily in the United States, Macau, and Singapore. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $35.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.45 (-0.6%) to $72.03 on average volume Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.18-$72.30 after having opened the day at $71.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.48.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. It operates retail stores, restaurants, discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, Sam's Clubs, and neighborhood markets, as well as walmart.com; and samsclub.com. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $243.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores 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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