5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

Editor's Note: 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

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 21 points (-0.1%) at 14,492 as of Monday, March 18, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,220 issues advancing vs. 1,709 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Carnival Corporation ( CCL), down 2.1%, Expedia ( EXPE), down 1.9%, Omnicom Group ( OMC), down 1.5%, Liberty Global ( LBTYA), down 1.3% and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the sector include J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 9.5%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 5.5%, Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), up 2.1%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 1.4% and Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), up 1.3%.

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

5. Virgin Media ( VMED) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Virgin Media is down $0.45 (-1.0%) to $46.02 on average volume Thus far, 5.4 million shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.66-$46.28 after having opened the day at $46.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.47.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 26.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Virgin Media a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Virgin Media as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Virgin Media Ratings Report now.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

4. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is down $9.65 (-1.4%) to $703.85 on average volume Thus far, 231,163 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 615,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $701.46-$707.62 after having opened the day at $706.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $713.50.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $35.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

3. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is down $0.46 (-0.8%) to $57.12 on light volume Thus far, 2.3 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 $56.75-$57.19 after having opened the day at $57.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.58.

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 $104.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

2. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is down $1.05 (-1.0%) to $98.62 on average volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.21-$99.34 after having opened the day at $98.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.67.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $99.6 billion and is part of the leisure 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 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full McDonald's Corporation Ratings Report now.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is down $3.51 (-1.3%) to $258.31 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $257.37-$261.49 after having opened the day at $259.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $261.82.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $120.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com Ratings Report now.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

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.

null

More from Markets

Stocks Tumble as Dow Heads for Eighth Straight Drop

Stocks Tumble as Dow Heads for Eighth Straight Drop

Video: Here's Why One Markets Pro Is Raising Cash Right Now

Video: Here's Why One Markets Pro Is Raising Cash Right Now

Mesoblast Soars on Stem-Cell Treatment Data

Mesoblast Soars on Stem-Cell Treatment Data

Trade Tussle Sinks Stocks, Oil Slides, Micron, Daimler - 5 Things You Must Know

Trade Tussle Sinks Stocks, Oil Slides, Micron, Daimler - 5 Things You Must Know

Bank of England Holds Rates Steady, But Vote Shift Signals Hawkish Tone

Bank of England Holds Rates Steady, But Vote Shift Signals Hawkish Tone