5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 15 points (-0.1%) at 14,074 as of Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,220 issues advancing vs. 1,591 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Netflix ( NFLX), down 4.3%, Qiagen ( QGEN), down 2.5% and Western Union Company ( WU), down 1.8%. Top gainers within the sector include United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 4.7%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 3.9%, AutoNation ( AN), up 2.9%, CarMax ( KMX), up 3.0% and Target ( TGT), up 2.5%.

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

5. Marriott International ( MAR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Marriott International is down $0.41 (-1.0%) to $39.16 on average volume Thus far, 995,795 shares of Marriott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.15-$39.62 after having opened the day at $39.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.57.

Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and corporate housing properties worldwide. Marriott International has a market cap of $12.3 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 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Marriott International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marriott International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Marriott International Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is down $0.40 (-2.1%) to $18.99 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.70-$19.15 after having opened the day at $19.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.39.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities primarily in Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Melco Crown Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Cardinal Health ( CAH) is down $0.36 (-0.8%) to $46.15 on light volume Thus far, 374,495 shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.13-$46.47 after having opened the day at $46.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.51.

Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below 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 Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Cardinal Health Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is down $0.40 (-1.0%) to $37.98 on average volume Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.91-$38.31 after having opened the day at $38.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.38.

Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $42.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is down $0.63 (-0.7%) to $95.05 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.88-$95.67 after having opened the day at $95.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.68.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the global restaurant industry. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. The company operates approximately 34,000 restaurants in 120 countries around the world. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $96.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full McDonald's 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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