5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 14,565 as of Thursday, April 4, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,512 issues advancing vs. 1,354 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Genesee & Wyoming ( GWR), down 3.0%, AutoNation ( AN), down 2.0%, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC), down 1.8%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.7% and CSX ( CSX), down 1.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 12.5%, Panera Bread Company ( PNRA), up 4.0%, Macy's ( M), up 2.8%, Alaska Air Group ( ALK), up 2.5% and Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 2.3%.

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

5. Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment is down $0.21 (-0.9%) to $22.31 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.09-$22.59 after having opened the day at $22.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.52.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities primarily in Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Melco Crown Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, 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 shows low profit margins. Get the full Melco Crown Entertainment Ratings Report now.

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