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 0 points (0.0%) at 12,985 as of Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,816 issues advancing vs. 1,058 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Liquidity Service ( LQDT), down 17.8%, Kohl's ( KSS), down 8.1%, Tiffany ( TIF), down 6.8%, Advance Auto Parts ( AAP), down 6.1% and Pier 1 Imports ( PIR), down 4.3%. Top gainers within the sector include New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 4.7%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 4.1%, IAC/InterActiveCorp ( IACI), up 3.9%, Marriott International ( MAR), up 2.8% and Charter Communications ( CHTR), up 2.1%.

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

5. Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Bed Bath & Beyond is down $0.81 (-1.4%) to $58.91 on light volume Thus far, 835,327 shares of Bed Bath & Beyond exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.86-$59.58 after having opened the day at $59.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.72.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail stores. Bed Bath & Beyond has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Bed Bath & Beyond a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bed Bath & Beyond as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Bed Bath & Beyond Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is down $1.39 (-3.9%) to $34.43 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.43-$35.53 after having opened the day at $34.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.82.

The Gap, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer. The company offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta brand names. Gap has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 89.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Gap Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is down $1.06 (-2.6%) to $39.30 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.4 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.84-$39.83 after having opened the day at $39.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.36.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Its retail stores and Internet Web sites sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Macy's has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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 Macy's Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AutoZone ( AZO) is down $4.36 (-1.1%) to $379.50 on average volume Thus far, 217,299 shares of AutoZone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 546,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $377.74-$382.70 after having opened the day at $381.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $383.86.

AutoZone, Inc. engages in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate AutoZone a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoZone as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full AutoZone Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is down $0.70 (-1.1%) to $62.11 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.19-$62.38 after having opened the day at $61.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.81.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $40.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Target a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase 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 Target 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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