5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 13,964 as of Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,524 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Weight Watchers International ( WTW), down 15.8%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 11.7%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 9.7%, US Airways Group ( LCC), down 6.3% and Fresh Market ( TFM), down 6.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Zillow ( Z), up 12.6%, Ingram Micro ( IM), up 8.3%, Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 7.2%, Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA), up 7.0% and GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC), up 7.0%.

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

5. Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines is down $0.46 (-3.1%) to $14.32 on average volume Thus far, 6.1 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.20-$14.68 after having opened the day at $14.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.78.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. The company operates at airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is down $0.48 (-1.2%) to $39.48 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.35-$39.83 after having opened the day at $39.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.96.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Its retail stores and Internet Web sites sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Macy's has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. 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 Macy's Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is down $0.76 (-1.4%) to $52.84 on light volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.84-$53.87 after having opened the day at $53.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.60.

Las Vegas Sands Corp., together with its subsidiaries, owns, develops, and operates various integrated resort properties primarily in the United States, Macau, and Singapore. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $44.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is down $0.59 (-0.6%) to $93.41 on average volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.33-$93.89 after having opened the day at $93.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.00.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the global restaurant industry. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. The company operates approximately 34,000 restaurants in 120 countries around the world. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $95.5 billion and is part of the leisure 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 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full McDonald's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.46 (-0.6%) to $70.93 on average volume Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.76-$71.23 after having opened the day at $71.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.39.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. It operates retail stores, restaurants, discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, Sam's Clubs, and neighborhood markets, as well as walmart.com; and samsclub.com. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $238.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores 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, revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores 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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