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 35 points (0.3%) at 14,006 as of Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,786 issues advancing vs. 1,060 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), down 3.0%, Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), down 1.6%, SBA Communications ( SBAC), down 1.3%, O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY), down 1.2% and CSX ( CSX), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), up 2.7%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 2.6%, United Rentals ( URI), up 2.5%, W.W. Grainger ( GWW), up 2.3% and MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 1.6%.

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

5. United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings is down $0.73 (-2.8%) to $25.78 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.69-$26.48 after having opened the day at $26.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.51.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of passenger and cargo air transportation services. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR) is down $0.73 (-1.8%) to $40.23 on light volume Thus far, 606,549 shares of Dollar Tree Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.23-$40.96 after having opened the day at $40.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.96.

Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount variety stores in the United States and Canada. Its stores offer merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. Dollar Tree Stores has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar Tree Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar Tree Stores 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Dollar Tree Stores Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, AutoZone ( AZO) is down $3.20 (-0.8%) to $382.04 on average volume Thus far, 194,124 shares of AutoZone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 481,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $381.90-$386.94 after having opened the day at $385.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $385.23.

AutoZone, Inc. engages in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone has a market cap of $14.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate AutoZone a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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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2. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is down $0.36 (-0.7%) to $52.53 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.28-$52.91 after having opened the day at $52.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.89.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment primarily in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily via satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $32.1 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is down $0.49 (-1.1%) to $45.26 on light volume Thus far, 685,921 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.16-$45.77 after having opened the day at $45.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.75.

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 $15.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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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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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