MPEL, CMG, YUM, MCD And AMZN, 5 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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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 15,558 as of Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,251 declining with 101 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Dreamworks Animation SKG ( DWA), down 7.5%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 1.1%, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC), down 1.2%, Genuine Parts Company ( GPC), down 1.1% and Time Warner Cable ( TWC), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include SAIC ( SAI), up 2.6%, Royal Philips ( PHG), up 2.3%, MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 1.2%, Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 0.8% and Time Warner ( TWX), up 0.8%.

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

5. Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment is down $0.43 (-1.8%) to $23.95 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.48-$24.12 after having opened the day at $24.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.38.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Macau. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 43.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Melco Crown Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment 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 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 Melco Crown Entertainment Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) is down $6.20 (-1.5%) to $402.77 on heavy volume. Thus far, 330,224 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 405,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $402.01-$407.99 after having opened the day at $405.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $408.97.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. As of June 3, 2013, the company operated 1,450 restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 37.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is down $0.52 (-0.7%) to $71.56 on light volume. Thus far, 644,367 shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.50-$71.99 after having opened the day at $71.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.08.

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 $32.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year 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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2. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is down $2.80 (-2.8%) to $97.47 on heavy volume. Thus far, 8.4 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.06-$97.93 after having opened the day at $97.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.27.

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 $100.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 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 net income and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is down $2.14 (-0.7%) to $303.09 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $302.00-$309.25 after having opened the day at $309.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $305.23.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $138.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 25 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com 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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