5 Stocks Pulling The Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.2%) at 14,556 as of Monday, April 1, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 762 issues advancing vs. 2,184 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 2.5%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 2.3%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.3%, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), down 2.4% and CSX ( CSX), down 2.0%. A company within the sector that increased today was Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 0.7%.

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

5. Walt Disney ( DIS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Walt Disney is down $0.30 (-0.5%) to $56.50 on average volume Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.15-$57.14 after having opened the day at $56.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.80.

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 $102.5 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 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 Walt Disney Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is down $2.20 (-1.3%) to $167.64 on average volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $167.29-$170.99 after having opened the day at $169.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.84.

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 $89.9 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.0% 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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3. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is down $0.56 (-1.4%) to $41.22 on average volume Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.12-$42.06 after having opened the day at $41.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.78.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $89.1 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is down $3.52 (-1.3%) to $262.97 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 $262.24-$267.40 after having opened the day at $266.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $266.49.

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 $121.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is down $6.04 (-3.2%) to $183.24 on average volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $182.55-$191.50 after having opened the day at $190.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $189.28.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 652.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 104.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

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

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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