5 Stocks Dragging In The Services Sector

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,089 as of Monday, May 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,245 issues advancing vs. 1,704 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Gap ( GPS), down 1.95, CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW), down 1.98, AutoZone ( AZO), down 1.63, Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 1.52 and Southwest Airlines ( LUV), down 1.29. Top gainers within the sector include Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), up 12.0%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), up 1.7%, Charter Communications ( CHTR), up 1.4%, Western Union Company ( WU), up 1.6% and Nordstrom ( JWN), up 1.2%.

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

5. DISH Network ( DISH) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, DISH Network is down $0.71 (-1.8%) to $38.48 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 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 $38.26-$39.44 after having opened the day at $39.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.19.

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 $8.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. 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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4. As of noon trading, Kroger ( KR) is down $0.39 (-1.1%) to $33.95 on average volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.94-$34.32 after having opened the day at $34.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.34.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $17.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. 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 Kroger Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, L Brands ( LTD) is down $0.91 (-1.8%) to $50.73 on light volume Thus far, 887,082 shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.72-$51.50 after having opened the day at $51.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.64.

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 $15.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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2. As of noon trading, Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is down $0.39 (-1.1%) to $34.73 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 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 $34.65-$34.93 after having opened the day at $34.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.12.

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 $20.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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1. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is down $1.57 (-2.2%) to $68.79 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.43-$70.07 after having opened the day at $69.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.36.

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 $31.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% 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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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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