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 59 points (0.4%) at 13,940 as of Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,920 issues advancing vs. 903 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Netflix ( NFLX), down 2.5%, Brazilian Distribution Company ( CBD), down 1.7%, Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), down 1.4%, Gap ( GPS), down 1.4% and Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV), down 1.4%. Top gainers within the sector include HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY), up 7.2%, Charter Communications ( CHTR), up 7.1%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 4.9%, Trinity Industries ( TRN), up 3.6% and Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 3.4%.

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

5. Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch is down $3.35 (-6.8%) to $45.70 on heavy volume Thus far, 8.4 million shares of Abercrombie & Fitch exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.00-$48.85 after having opened the day at $48.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.05.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual apparel for men, women, and kids. Abercrombie & Fitch has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Abercrombie & Fitch a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Abercrombie & Fitch as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Abercrombie & Fitch Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Nordstrom ( JWN) is down $0.62 (-1.1%) to $53.90 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Nordstrom exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.57-$55.39 after having opened the day at $54.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.52.

Nordstrom, Inc., a fashion specialty retailer, offers apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories for women, men, and children in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Credit. The Retail segment offers a selection of brand name and private label merchandise. Nordstrom has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Nordstrom a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nordstrom 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, increase 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 Nordstrom Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ross Stores ( ROST) is down $0.58 (-1.0%) to $57.16 on light volume Thus far, 605,814 shares of Ross Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.93-$58.00 after having opened the day at $57.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.74.

Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. Ross Stores has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the retail 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 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Ross Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ross 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, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ross Stores Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Limited Brands ( LTD) is down $0.48 (-1.1%) to $43.04 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Limited Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.49-$43.66 after having opened the day at $43.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.51.

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 $12.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.5% 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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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, Best Buy ( BBY) is down $0.34 (-2.0%) to $17.07 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Best Buy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.00-$17.41 after having opened the day at $17.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.41.

Best Buy Co., Inc. operates as a retailer of consumer electronics, computing and mobile phone products, entertainment products, appliances, and related services primarily in the United States, Europe, Canada, and China. Best Buy has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 45.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Best Buy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Best Buy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Best Buy 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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