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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