5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 12,892 as of Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,435 issues advancing vs. 1,435 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 4.1%, Virgin Media ( VMED), down 1.3%, Directv ( DTV), down 1.2% and CSX ( CSX), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), up 7.0%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 4.8%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 3.0%, Nordstrom ( JWN), up 2.4% and Omnicom Group ( OMC), up 1.8%.

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

5. Brazilian Distribution Company ( CBD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Brazilian Distribution Company is down $0.69 (-1.5%) to $44.20 on average volume Thus far, 157,005 shares of Brazilian Distribution Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 352,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.90-$44.45 after having opened the day at $44.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.89.

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuic o engages in the retail of food and non-food products to individual consumers through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized and department stores, and the Internet. Brazilian Distribution Company has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Brazilian Distribution Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brazilian Distribution Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Brazilian Distribution Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Fresh Market ( TFM) is down $9.12 (-15.1%) to $51.12 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Fresh Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 338,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.00-$51.85 after having opened the day at $50.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.24.

The Fresh Market, Inc. operates as a specialty grocery retailer. Fresh Market has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Fresh Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fresh Market as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Fresh Market Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is down $1.10 (-1.2%) to $90.27 on average volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.42-$91.25 after having opened the day at $89.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.37.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. engages in the ownership and operation of natural and organic food supermarkets. The company offers produce, seafood, grocery, meat and poultry, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $17.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is down $0.60 (-0.7%) to $92.12 on average volume Thus far, 838,393 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 $91.51-$92.70 after having opened the day at $92.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.72.

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 $28.1 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 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, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is down $0.19 (-0.5%) to $35.15 on average volume Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.71-$35.20 after having opened the day at $35.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.34.

Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $40.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 39.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels 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 Lowe's Companies 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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