5 Stocks Pulling 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 15 points (0.1%) at 15,467 as of Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,986 issues advancing vs. 913 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 2.9%, Pandora Media ( P), down 2.5%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 2.4%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 1.3% and Best Buy ( BBY), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the sector include United Rentals ( URI), up 8.0%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 4.9%, Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), up 4.2%, Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA), up 3.6% and LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), up 3.1%.

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

5. Cabela's ( CAB) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Cabela's is down $1.28 (-1.9%) to $66.92 on heavy volume. Thus far, 579,423 shares of Cabela's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 755,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.55-$68.54 after having opened the day at $68.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.20.

Cabela's Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping, and related outdoor merchandise. The company operates through three segments: Retail, Direct, and Financial Services. Cabela's has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 63.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Cabela's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cabela's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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 Cabela's Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Tractor Supply ( TSCO) is down $1.96 (-1.6%) to $118.72 on average volume. Thus far, 375,773 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 526,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.88-$120.94 after having opened the day at $120.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.68.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 36.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tractor Supply as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Tractor Supply Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Darden Restaurants ( DRI) is down $0.55 (-1.1%) to $49.79 on light volume. Thus far, 450,144 shares of Darden Restaurants exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.73-$50.58 after having opened the day at $50.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.34.

Darden Restaurants, Inc. owns and operates full service restaurants in the United States and Canada. It operates restaurants under the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, and Wildfish Seafood Grille brand names. Darden Restaurants has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Darden Restaurants a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darden Restaurants as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Darden Restaurants Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is down $0.74 (-1.1%) to $68.78 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.69-$69.82 after having opened the day at $69.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.52.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. As of September 30, 2012, the company operated 9,405 company-operated stores and 8,661 licensed stores. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $52.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 29.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Starbucks Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is down $0.77 (-0.8%) to $100.11 on average volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.30-$100.25 after having opened the day at $100.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.88.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $101.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full McDonald's Corporation 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).
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