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 25 points (-0.2%) at 14,513 as of Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Team ( TISI), down 16.8%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 15.6%, Carnival Corporation ( CCL), down 2.4%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 2.5% and J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), down 2.0%. Top gainers within the sector include New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 8.2%, Directv ( DTV), up 6.1%, Safeway ( SWY), up 2.5% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 1.6%.

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

5. Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation is down $0.57 (-1.2%) to $48.20 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.79-$48.72 after having opened the day at $48.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.77.

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 $15.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is down $0.56 (-1.3%) to $41.59 on average volume Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.47-$42.10 after having opened the day at $41.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.15.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Its retail stores and Internet Web sites sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Macy's has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Macy's Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is down $0.49 (-0.8%) to $56.83 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.1 million shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.19-$56.95 after having opened the day at $56.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.32.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. Time Warner has a market cap of $52.9 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is down $0.44 (-0.6%) to $66.90 on average volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.52-$67.29 after having opened the day at $67.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.34.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $43.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Target a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Target Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is down $1.63 (-1.0%) to $159.03 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $159.01-$160.64 after having opened the day at $160.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $160.66.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $84.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Visa 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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