5 Stocks Dragging The Services Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 14,823 as of Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,672 issues advancing vs. 1,218 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Qiagen ( QGEN), down 4.11, Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC), down 2.25, DISH Network ( DISH), down 1.92, J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), down 1.81 and Charter Communications ( CHTR), down 1.46. Top gainers within the sector include Texas Roadhouse ( TXRH), up 12.5%, Wesco Aircraft Holdings ( WAIR), up 11.8%, Best Buy ( BBY), up 8.1%, Macquarie Infrastructure Company ( MIC), up 6.4% and Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), up 3.9%.

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

5. Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Dollar Tree Stores is down $0.70 (-1.5%) to $47.09 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Dollar Tree Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.88-$47.73 after having opened the day at $47.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.79.

Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount variety stores in the United States and Canada. Its stores offer merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. Dollar Tree Stores has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, 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 Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar Tree Stores 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Dollar Tree Stores Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Safeway ( SWY) is down $0.78 (-3.3%) to $22.73 on average volume Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Safeway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.62-$23.36 after having opened the day at $23.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.51.

Safeway Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and drug retailer in North America. Safeway has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Safeway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. 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 Safeway Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is down $0.37 (-1.1%) to $34.45 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.41-$34.77 after having opened the day at $34.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.82.

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 $20.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carnival Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. 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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2. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is down $0.53 (-1.2%) to $44.54 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.27-$45.09 after having opened the day at $44.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.07.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Macy's Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is down $0.25 (-0.5%) to $49.17 on light volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.96-$49.46 after having opened the day at $49.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.42.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $47.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Walgreen Company 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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