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 down 19 points (-0.1%) at 13,006 as of Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,239 issues advancing vs. 1,655 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Madison Square Garden ( MSG), down 3.1%, Netflix ( NFLX), down 2.5%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), down 2.4%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 2.0% and Tractor Supply ( TSCO), down 1.9%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 3.4%, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), up 2.4%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), up 2.2%, Brazilian Distribution Company ( CBD), up 1.8% and Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 1.9%.

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

5. Family Dollar Stores ( FDO) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Family Dollar Stores is down $0.65 (-0.9%) to $70.55 on light volume Thus far, 460,163 shares of Family Dollar Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.49-$71.25 after having opened the day at $71.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.20.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low- and middle-income consumers in the United States. Family Dollar Stores has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Family Dollar Stores a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Family Dollar Stores 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 solid stock price performance. 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 Family Dollar Stores Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT) is down $0.38 (-0.7%) to $53.58 on light volume Thus far, 544,529 shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.37-$54.50 after having opened the day at $54.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.96.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. operates as a hotel and leisure company worldwide. The company operates luxury and upscale full service hotels, select-service hotels, extended stay hotels, resorts, retreats, and residences under St. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, J.C. Penney ( JCP) is down $0.55 (-3.1%) to $17.39 on light volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.29-$17.77 after having opened the day at $17.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.94.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., operates department stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company sells family apparel and footwear, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, beauty products, and home furnishings. J.C. Penney has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 49.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.C. Penney as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full J.C. Penney Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is down $0.28 (-0.6%) to $46.23 on light volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.21-$46.67 after having opened the day at $46.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.51.

CVS Caremark Corporation provides pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $57.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark 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, increase in net income 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 CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is down $0.28 (-0.5%) to $52.54 on light volume Thus far, 3.7 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.15-$53.15 after having opened the day at $53.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.82.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, services, and tools to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $67.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 72.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. 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 eBay 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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