5 Stocks Dragging In The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 78 points (-0.5%) at 14,583 as of Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 720 issues advancing vs. 2,193 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Global Payments ( GPN), down 7.8%, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 4.4%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 4.1%, Genesee & Wyoming ( GWR), down 3.9% and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 4.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF), up 4.2%, Panera Bread Company ( PNRA), up 3.2%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 2.3% and Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), up 1.2%.

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

5. CVS Caremark ( CVS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark is down $0.98 (-1.8%) to $54.26 on average volume Thus far, 2.8 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.17-$55.20 after having opened the day at $55.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.24.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $67.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is down $0.84 (-1.5%) to $55.63 on average volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.43-$56.56 after having opened the day at $56.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.48.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $32.4 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv 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, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CBS Corporation ( CBS) is down $0.32 (-0.7%) to $45.19 on average volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.10-$45.84 after having opened the day at $45.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.51.

CBS Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $26.8 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 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full CBS Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is down $1.02 (-1.5%) to $67.82 on average volume Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.55-$68.56 after having opened the day at $68.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.83.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. It operates in three segments: U.S. Retail, U.S. Credit Card, and Canadian. Target has a market cap of $44.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is down $1.30 (-2.4%) to $53.70 on average volume Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.10-$55.00 after having opened the day at $54.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.00.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $45.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Las Vegas Sands 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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