4 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

Editor's Note: 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

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 10 points (0.1%) at 14,085 as of Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 12:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,592 issues advancing vs. 1,268 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 15.7%, Cablevision Systems ( CVC), down 10.2%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 5.5%, Pandora Media ( P), down 5.3% and Kohl's ( KSS), down 1.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Limited Brands ( LTD), up 3.5%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 2.1%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 2.4%, Canadian National Railway ( CNI), up 1.5% and Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), up 1.6%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, LKQ Corporation is down $1.51 (-6.6%) to $21.42 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.72-$22.24 after having opened the day at $22.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.93.

LKQ Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides replacement parts, components, and systems needed to repair vehicles, primarily cars and trucks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. LKQ Corporation has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.3, 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 Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate LKQ Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LKQ Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full LKQ Corporation Ratings Report now.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

3. As of noon trading, Moody's Corporation ( MCO) is down $0.37 (-0.8%) to $48.03 on light volume Thus far, 764,980 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.88-$48.51 after having opened the day at $48.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.40.

Moody's Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides credit ratings, research, and analysis covering fixed-income securities, other debt instruments, and the entities that issue such instruments in the global capital markets. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

2. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is down $13.71 (-2.0%) to $682.20 on average volume Thus far, 426,523 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 592,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $681.30-$697.72 after having opened the day at $696.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $695.91.

priceline.com Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $33.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth 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 Priceline.com Ratings Report now.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is down $1.25 (-0.8%) to $158.62 on light volume Thus far, 881,771 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.57-$160.34 after having opened the day at $159.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.87.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $83.6 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

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.
null

If you liked this article you might like

What's Hot and What's Not: Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap (Thursday 10/12/17)

What's Hot and What's Not: Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap (Thursday 10/12/17)

GM's Cautious Tone Sets Auto Parts Stocks Rising

GM's Cautious Tone Sets Auto Parts Stocks Rising

Domino Effect of Falling Oil Prices: Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap (Thursday 4/27/17)

Domino Effect of Falling Oil Prices: Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap (Thursday 4/27/17)

Trade These 4 Breakout Stocks

Trade These 4 Breakout Stocks

LKQ Stock Retreating on Q3 Revenue, Reduced Forecast

LKQ Stock Retreating on Q3 Revenue, Reduced Forecast