KSS, HTZ, DG And WMT, Pushing Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 100 points (0.7%) at 14,812 as of Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,173 issues advancing vs. 733 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Choice Hotels International ( CHH), down 7.48, Expedia ( EXPE), down 3.01, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 1.03 and Amazon.com ( AMZN), down 0.97. Top gainers within the sector include Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 8.6%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 3.2%, McGraw-Hill Companies ( MHP), up 3.0%, Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), up 2.6% and Tyco International ( TYC), up 2.2%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Kohl's ( KSS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Kohl's is down $0.78 (-1.6%) to $47.50 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.36-$48.49 after having opened the day at $48.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.28.

Kohl's Corporation operates department stores in the United States. Its stores offer private, exclusive, and national branded apparel, footwear, and accessories for women, men, and children; soft home products, such as sheets and pillows; and housewares targeted to middle-income customers. Kohl's has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kohl's Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) is down $0.36 (-1.5%) to $23.84 on average volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.76-$24.44 after having opened the day at $24.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.19.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the car and equipment rental businesses worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Car Rental and Equipment Rental. Hertz Global Holdings has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hertz Global Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 Hertz Global Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is down $0.44 (-0.8%) to $52.39 on light volume Thus far, 455,781 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.17-$52.99 after having opened the day at $52.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.83.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, engages in the provision of various merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.48 (-0.6%) to $78.56 on light volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.15-$79.25 after having opened the day at $79.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.04.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $258.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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