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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