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 15 points (0.1%) at 12,980 as of Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,319 issues advancing vs. 1,553 declining with 162 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 Net 1 Ueps Technologies ( UEPS), down 56.6%, Vail Resorts ( MTN), down 10.2%, Darden Restaurants ( DRI), down 9.6%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 6.8% and Gap ( GPS), down 6.9%.

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

5. Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation is down $0.68 (-1.3%) to $51.10 on light volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.08-$51.98 after having opened the day at $51.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.79.

Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates 6,705 company-operated stores and 4,082 licensed stores in the United States; and 2,326 company-operated stores and 3,890 licensed stores in Canada, the U.K., China, Germany, Thailand, and internationally. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $38.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income 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 Starbucks Corporation Ratings Report now.

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