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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