5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 14,273 as of Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,527 issues advancing vs. 1,351 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Fresh Market ( TFM), down 9.8%, eBay ( EBAY), down 3.0%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 2.2%, Grupo Televisa S.A ( TV), down 2.1% and CSX ( CSX), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the sector include CTC Media ( CTCM), up 12.2%, Charter Communications ( CHTR), up 2.8%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 2.7%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 1.8% and Yum Brands ( YUM), up 1.8%.

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

5. American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, American Eagle Outfitters is down $2.35 (-10.4%) to $20.20 on heavy volume Thus far, 10.4 million shares of American Eagle Outfitters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.65-$20.83 after having opened the day at $20.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.55.

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an apparel and accessories retailer in the United States and Canada. American Eagle Outfitters has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate American Eagle Outfitters a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Eagle Outfitters 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, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full American Eagle Outfitters Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Staples ( SPLS) is down $0.92 (-6.9%) to $12.37 on heavy volume Thus far, 18.8 million shares of Staples exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.31-$12.93 after having opened the day at $12.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.29.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an office products company. The company offers various office supplies and services, office machines and related products, computers and related products, and office furniture under Staples, Quill, and other proprietary brands. Staples has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 435.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Staples a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Staples Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR) is down $0.77 (-1.7%) to $45.23 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Dollar Tree Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.19-$46.45 after having opened the day at $46.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.00.

Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount variety stores in the United States and Canada. Its stores offer merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. Dollar Tree Stores has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar Tree Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar Tree Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Dollar Tree Stores Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AutoZone ( AZO) is down $3.26 (-0.8%) to $379.06 on average volume Thus far, 207,605 shares of AutoZone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 506,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $378.00-$383.00 after having opened the day at $382.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $382.32.

AutoZone, Inc. engages in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate AutoZone a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoZone as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full AutoZone Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is down $0.33 (-0.7%) to $48.59 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.45-$49.20 after having opened the day at $49.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.92.

Dollar General Corporation operates as a discount retailer primarily in the southern, southwestern, midwestern, and eastern United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General 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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