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 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.

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