5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 12,949 as of Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,707 issues advancing vs. 1,183 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Airgas ( ARG), down 2.8%, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), down 1.0%, Brazilian Distribution Company ( CBD), down 0.8%, eBay ( EBAY), down 0.8% and LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Signet Jewelers ( SIG), up 4.4%, Penn National Gaming ( PENN), up 2.3%, Best Buy ( BBY), up 2.7%, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), up 1.5% and Kroger ( KR), up 1.3%.

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

5. Advance Auto Parts ( AAP) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Advance Auto Parts is down $1.07 (-1.4%) to $77.09 on light volume Thus far, 257,856 shares of Advance Auto Parts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.97-$78.07 after having opened the day at $78.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.16.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items. It operates in two segments, Advance Auto Parts (AAP), and Autopart International (AI). Advance Auto Parts has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Advance Auto Parts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Advance Auto Parts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year 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 Advance Auto Parts Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Virgin Media ( VMED) is down $0.38 (-1.1%) to $33.90 on light volume Thus far, 725,259 shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.84-$34.30 after having opened the day at $34.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.28.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 60.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Virgin Media a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Virgin Media as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 Virgin Media Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, McKesson ( MCK) is down $0.47 (-0.5%) to $93.09 on light volume Thus far, 393,860 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.82-$93.73 after having opened the day at $93.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.56.

McKesson Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, delivers pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and health care information technologies to the healthcare industry primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions. McKesson has a market cap of $22.2 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate McKesson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McKesson 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, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full McKesson Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is down $0.41 (-1.1%) to $35.12 on light volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.96-$35.52 after having opened the day at $35.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.53.

CBS Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $21.2 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full CBS Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is down $0.17 (-0.3%) to $48.86 on light volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.70-$49.20 after having opened the day at $49.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.03.

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Walt Disney has a market cap of $87.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney 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, revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Walt Disney 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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