5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 9 points (-0.1%) at 14,437 as of Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,094 issues advancing vs. 1,829 declining with 130 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include W.W. Grainger ( GWW), down 2.2%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 1.7%, News Corporation ( NWS), down 1.6%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 1.5% and Tyco International ( TYC), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the sector include J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 4.8%, Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS), up 5.0%, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST), up 2.0%, Yum Brands ( YUM), up 1.5% and Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 1.4%.

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

5. Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies is down $0.49 (-1.2%) to $39.18 on average volume Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.16-$39.69 after having opened the day at $39.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.67.

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 $44.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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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4. As of noon trading, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) is down $6.83 (-1.3%) to $524.06 on light volume Thus far, 256,623 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 728,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $523.37-$530.99 after having opened the day at $529.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $530.89.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $62.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full MasterCard Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is down $6.67 (-0.9%) to $718.40 on average volume Thus far, 328,988 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 641,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $714.56-$727.38 after having opened the day at $723.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $725.07.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $36.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com 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, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Priceline.com Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is down $0.62 (-1.2%) to $52.14 on heavy volume Thus far, 9.8 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.90-$52.50 after having opened the day at $51.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.76.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $68.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is down $0.81 (-1.4%) to $56.85 on average volume Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.79-$57.63 after having opened the day at $57.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.66.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. Walt Disney has a market cap of $103.6 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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