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 50 points (0.3%) at 14,379 as of Friday, March 8, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,811 issues advancing vs. 1,063 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 5.0%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 1.2%, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), down 1.3%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 0.8% and Amazon.com ( AMZN), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Pandora Media ( P), up 17.5%, H&R Block ( HRB), up 7.4%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 5.6%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 5.2% and Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 3.8%.

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

5. Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Dick's Sporting Goods is down $1.07 (-2.1%) to $49.29 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Dick's Sporting Goods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.68-$50.58 after having opened the day at $50.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.36.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. operates as a sporting goods retailer in the United States. Dick's Sporting Goods has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Dick's Sporting Goods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dick's Sporting Goods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dick's Sporting Goods Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Foot Locker ( FL) is down $2.22 (-6.3%) to $33.09 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.8 million shares of Foot Locker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.79-$33.66 after having opened the day at $33.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.31.

Foot Locker, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel. The company operates in two segments, Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. Foot Locker has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below 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 Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Foot Locker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Foot Locker 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Foot Locker Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Charter Communications ( CHTR) is down $2.05 (-2.3%) to $87.75 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 909,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.76-$90.34 after having opened the day at $90.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.80.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 18.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Charter Communications Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is down $0.27 (-0.7%) to $35.97 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.88-$36.39 after having opened the day at $36.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.24.

Carnival Corporation operates as a cruise and vacation company worldwide. The company operates in two segments, North America; and Europe, Australia, and Asia. Carnival Corporation has a market cap of $21.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Carnival Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carnival Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Carnival Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tiffany ( TIF) is down $0.79 (-1.1%) to $70.09 on average volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.58-$70.71 after having opened the day at $70.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.88.

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retail of fine jewelry worldwide. Tiffany has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Tiffany 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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