3 Services Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 44 points (-0.3%) at 15,417 as of Friday, July 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,253 issues advancing vs. 1,644 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Class B ( UPS), down 5.7%, Dollar General Corporation ( DG), down 3.4%, FedEx Corporation ( FDX), down 2.2%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), down 1.2% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Netflix ( NFLX), up 3.9%, H&R Block ( HRB), up 2.8%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 2.1%, CBS Corporation ( CBS), up 2.2% and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 2.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, LATAM Airlines Group S.A is down $0.40 (-2.6%) to $14.79 on average volume. Thus far, 240,313 shares of LATAM Airlines Group S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 556,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.71-$15.20 after having opened the day at $15.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.19.

LATAM Airlines Group S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services primarily in South America. LATAM Airlines Group S.A has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 35.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates LATAM Airlines Group S.A a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LATAM Airlines Group S.A as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full LATAM Airlines Group S.A Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Family Dollar Stores ( FDO) is down $1.53 (-2.2%) to $68.44 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Family Dollar Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.31-$69.50 after having opened the day at $69.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.97.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low- and middle-income consumers in the United States. Family Dollar Stores has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Family Dollar Stores a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Family Dollar Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Family Dollar Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is down $0.23 (-0.4%) to $54.31 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.21-$54.95 after having opened the day at $54.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.54.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $43.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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).

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