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 up 67 points (0.5%) at 13,019 as of Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,464 issues advancing vs. 1,407 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Pandora Media ( P), down 17.0%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 4.5%, Penn National Gaming ( PENN), down 2.9%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 2.7% and Netflix ( NFLX), down 3.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Heartland Express ( HTLD), up 9.6%, Buckle Incorporated ( BKE), up 6.3%, Dillards ( DDS), up 4.7%, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), up 4.3% and Gap ( GPS), up 2.5%.

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

5. CBS Corporation ( CBS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation is down $0.32 (-0.9%) to $35.52 on light volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.30-$35.95 after having opened the day at $35.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.84.

CBS Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $21.1 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. 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 CBS Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is down $1.00 (-2.1%) to $46.94 on light volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.74-$48.24 after having opened the day at $48.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.94.

Dollar General Corporation operates as a discount retailer primarily in the southern, southwestern, midwestern, and eastern United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) is down $5.81 (-2.1%) to $265.70 on light volume Thus far, 283,534 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $264.04-$271.84 after having opened the day at $270.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $271.51.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast-casual, fresh Mexican food restaurants in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and France. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill 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 good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Chipotle Mexican Grill Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is down $0.39 (-0.8%) to $46.31 on average volume Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.14-$46.81 after having opened the day at $46.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.70.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. Time Warner has a market cap of $44.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, News Corporation ( NWSA) is down $0.17 (-0.7%) to $24.34 on average volume Thus far, 9.4 million shares of News Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.20-$24.61 after having opened the day at $24.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.50.

News Corporation operates as a diversified media company worldwide. News Corporation has a market cap of $37.9 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate News Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates News Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full News Corporation 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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