5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 5 points (0.0%) at 15,100 as of Thursday, May 9, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,176 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.21. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include LivePerson ( LPSN), down 34.04, Starz ( STRZA), down 6.68, Liberty Entertainment Group Series A ( LSTZA), down 6.66, Liberty Global ( LBTYA), down 4.03 and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 3.30. Top gainers within the sector include Cosi ( COSI), up -0.3%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 23.9%, Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), up 23.4%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 10.4% and Pandora Media ( P), up 6.8%.

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

5. Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Canadian Pacific Railway is down $1.23 (-0.9%) to $129.97 on average volume Thus far, 448,934 shares of Canadian Pacific Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 842,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $129.61-$132.66 after having opened the day at $131.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $131.20.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a transcontinental railway providing freight transportation services, logistics solutions, and supply chain expertise in Canada and the United States. Canadian Pacific Railway has a market cap of $22.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Pacific Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, 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 Canadian Pacific Railway Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSK) is down $0.40 (-0.9%) to $41.00 on light volume Thus far, 800,022 shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.99-$41.48 after having opened the day at $41.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.40.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $20.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast 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, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, DISH Network ( DISH) is down $0.85 (-2.1%) to $38.76 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.1 million shares of DISH Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.00-$39.10 after having opened the day at $38.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.61.

DISH Network Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, offers direct broadcast satellite subscription television services in the United States. DISH Network has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates DISH Network as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full DISH Network Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, L Brands ( LTD) is down $0.98 (-1.8%) to $52.23 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.1 million shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.84-$52.78 after having opened the day at $52.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.21.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. L Brands has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full L Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Virgin Media ( VMED) is down $1.42 (-2.7%) to $50.44 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Virgin Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.41-$51.86 after having opened the day at $51.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.86.

Virgin Media Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment and communications services in the United Kingdom. Virgin Media has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 41.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Virgin Media 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, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. 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 Virgin Media 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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