5 Stocks Dragging The Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 3 points (0.0%) at 14,977 as of Monday, May 6, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,675 issues advancing vs. 1,221 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include WEX ( WEX), down 6.58, WEX ( WXS), down 6.58, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 1.05, Netflix ( NFLX), down 0.93 and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), down 1.01. Top gainers within the sector include Renren ( RENN), up 14.0%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 8.3%, Alaska Air Group ( ALK), up 5.9%, United Rentals ( URI), up 3.0% and J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), up 2.1%.

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

5. Sysco Corporation ( SYY) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Sysco Corporation is down $0.64 (-1.8%) to $34.02 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.95-$34.71 after having opened the day at $33.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.66.

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and distribution of a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. Sysco Corporation has a market cap of $20.5 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sysco Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, 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 has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Sysco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Ross Stores ( ROST) is down $0.64 (-1.0%) to $65.06 on light volume Thus far, 481,449 shares of Ross Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.78-$65.94 after having opened the day at $65.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.70.

Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. It primarily offers apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family. Ross Stores has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ross Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ross Stores Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is down $0.46 (-1.2%) to $38.35 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.31-$39.09 after having opened the day at $38.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.81.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company operates through two segments, Stores and Direct. Gap has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Gap Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is down $0.56 (-0.8%) to $68.35 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.95-$68.74 after having opened the day at $68.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.91.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $30.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins 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 Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is down $0.95 (-1.6%) to $57.69 on average volume Thus far, 2.5 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 $57.58-$58.50 after having opened the day at $58.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.64.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $72.2 billion and is part of the retail 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 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark 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, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full CVS Caremark 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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