5 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 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 29.2%, Scholastic Corporation ( SCHL), down 18.5%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 4.0%, Dreamworks Animation SKG ( DWA), down 4.5% and Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 4.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Infinity Pharmaceuticals ( INFI), up 9.6%, Lender Processing Services ( LPS), up 2.8%, KBR ( KBR), up 2.8%, AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM), up 2.8% and Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 2.4%.

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

5. Sysco Corporation ( SYY) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Sysco Corporation is down $0.19 (-0.6%) to $30.27 on light volume Thus far, 830,292 shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.24-$30.50 after having opened the day at $30.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.46.

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and distribution of a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. Sysco Corporation has a market cap of $17.9 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sysco Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sysco Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Sysco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSK) is down $0.21 (-0.6%) to $35.35 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.28-$35.62 after having opened the day at $35.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.56.

Comcast Corporation provides entertainment, information, and communications products and services in the United States and internationally. The company's Cable Communications segment offers video, high-speed Internet, and voice services to residential and business customers. Comcast has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 50.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Kohl's ( KSS) is down $0.30 (-0.6%) to $51.84 on light volume Thus far, 653,246 shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.63-$52.17 after having opened the day at $52.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.14.

Kohl's Corporation operates department stores in the United States. Its stores offer private, exclusive, and national branded apparel, footwear, and accessories for women, men, and children; soft home products, such as sheets and pillows; and housewares targeted to middle-income customers. Kohl's has a market cap of $12.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Kohl's Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is down $0.77 (-0.8%) to $92.15 on light volume Thus far, 548,301 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.81-$92.82 after having opened the day at $92.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.92.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a cable operator in the United States. It offers video, high-speed data, and voice services over its broadband cable systems to residential and business service customers. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $27.9 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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 Time Warner Cable Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is down $0.34 (-0.8%) to $45.29 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.26-$45.62 after having opened the day at $45.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.63.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. Time Warner has a market cap of $42.9 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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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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