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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4. As of noon trading, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is down $1.14 (-1.0%) to $119.26 on average volume Thus far, 625,531 shares of Wynn Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $118.66-$120.57 after having opened the day at $120.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.40.

Wynn Resorts, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and operation of destination casino resorts. Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Wynn Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wynn Resorts as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Wynn Resorts Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) is down $0.03 (-1.0%) to $3.04 on average volume Thus far, 39.4 million shares of Sirius XM Radio exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 52.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.97-$3.07 after having opened the day at $3.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.07.

Sirius XM Radio Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. The company broadcasts music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic, and weather channels on subscription fee basis through two satellite radio systems. Sirius XM Radio has a market cap of $20.2 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sirius XM Radio a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sirius XM Radio as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Sirius XM Radio Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is down $0.68 (-2.0%) to $32.95 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.8 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.66-$33.18 after having opened the day at $33.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.63.

Carnival Corporation operates as a cruise and vacation company worldwide. The company operates in two segments, North America; and Europe, Australia, and Asia. Carnival Corporation has a market cap of $20.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Carnival Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carnival Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Carnival Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is down $0.63 (-0.6%) to $105.73 on light volume Thus far, 631,287 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $105.46-$106.89 after having opened the day at $106.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.36.

Costco Wholesale Corporation engages in the operation of membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $47.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation 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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