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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