5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,942 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,301 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Nordstrom ( JWN), down 1.5%, Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), down 1.1%, Ross Stores ( ROST), down 1.1% and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 6.8%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 2.7%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 2.6%, Staples ( SPLS), up 2.0% and Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 1.9%.

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

5. InterContinental Hotels Group ( IHG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, InterContinental Hotels Group is down $0.65 (-2.2%) to $28.91 on light volume Thus far, 67,311 shares of InterContinental Hotels Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 234,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.90-$29.08 after having opened the day at $29.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.56.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC owns, manages, franchises, and leases hotels and resorts worldwide. InterContinental Hotels Group has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates InterContinental Hotels Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates InterContinental Hotels Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full InterContinental Hotels Group Ratings Report now.

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