5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 42 points (0.3%) at 14,338 as of Thursday, March 7, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,674 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include China Lodging Group ( HTHT), down 12.2%, Meredith Corporation ( MDP), down 6.8%, Ross Stores ( ROST), down 4.9%, Pier 1 Imports ( PIR), down 4.2% and KAR Auction Services ( KAR), down 3.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Hot Topic ( HOTT), up 29.2%, Vail Resorts ( MTN), up 7.2%, John Wiley & Sons ( JW.A), up 6.6%, Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), up 5.8% and Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 4.5%.

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

5. Tractor Supply ( TSCO) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Tractor Supply is down $1.61 (-1.5%) to $102.62 on light volume Thus far, 226,686 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 707,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.75-$104.05 after having opened the day at $103.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.23.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tractor Supply 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Tractor Supply Ratings Report now.

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