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 45 points (0.3%) at 14,027 as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,918 issues advancing vs. 965 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Group 1 Automotive ( GPI), down 8.2%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 6.4%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 3.2%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 2.8% and Genuine Parts Company ( GPC), down 3.2%. Top gainers within the sector include OfficeMax ( OMX), up 25.3%, Office Depot ( ODP), up 14.5%, Staples ( SPLS), up 12.0%, Robert Half International ( RHI), up 3.4% and Best Buy ( BBY), up 3.0%.

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

5. Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Carnival Corporation is down $0.46 (-1.2%) to $36.46 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.01-$36.78 after having opened the day at $36.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.92.

Carnival Corporation operates as a cruise and vacation company worldwide. The company operates in two segments, North America; and Europe, Australia, and Asia. Carnival Corporation has a market cap of $21.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Carnival Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carnival Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Carnival Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR) is down $0.98 (-2.4%) to $40.14 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Dollar Tree Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.08-$41.20 after having opened the day at $41.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.12.

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 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is down $2.43 (-2.0%) to $120.53 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.1 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 $118.07-$120.90 after having opened the day at $120.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $122.96.

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 $12.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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2. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is down $0.76 (-2.3%) to $32.12 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.04-$32.90 after having opened the day at $32.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.88.

The Gap, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer. The company offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta brand names. Gap has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, 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 Gap Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is down $0.46 (-1.0%) to $43.91 on average volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.35-$44.25 after having opened the day at $44.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.37.

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 $14.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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