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 135 points (1.0%) at 13,995 as of Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 11:44 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,283 issues advancing vs. 634 declining with 96 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Seacor Holdings ( CKH), down 21.8%, Life Time Fitness ( LTM), down 20.1%, Brink's Company ( BCO), down 10.0%, Harris Teeter Supermarkets ( HTSI), down 9.3% and VistaPrint ( VPRT), down 8.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 6.0%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 4.5%, United Rentals ( URI), up 3.9%, Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV), up 3.0% and Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), up 2.9%.

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

5. Charter Communications ( CHTR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Charter Communications is down $1.04 (-1.3%) to $76.93 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 802,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.78-$78.78 after having opened the day at $78.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.97.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Charter Communications Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC) is down $2.62 (-7.3%) to $33.32 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of GNC Acquisition Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.94-$35.43 after having opened the day at $35.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.94.

GNC Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of health and wellness products. Its products include vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, as well as sports nutrition and diet products. GNC Acquisition Holdings has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate GNC Acquisition Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GNC Acquisition Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, 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 generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full GNC Acquisition Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Virgin Media ( VMED) is down $0.43 (-1.1%) to $38.96 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.96-$39.96 after having opened the day at $39.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.39.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Virgin Media a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Virgin Media as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, 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 generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Virgin Media Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Limited Brands ( LTD) is down $0.36 (-0.8%) to $47.66 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Limited Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.31-$48.40 after having opened the day at $48.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.02.

Limited Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty, and personal care products and accessories primarily in the United States and Canada. Limited Brands has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Limited Brands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Limited Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Limited Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is down $1.38 (-1.1%) to $123.84 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $122.50-$125.05 after having opened the day at $123.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.22.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of destination casino resorts. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations 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 Wynn Resorts 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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