5 Stocks Dragging In The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 82 points (-0.5%) at 15,473 as of Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,878 declining with 105 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2.2%, Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), down 1.9%, Priceline.com ( PCLN), down 1.6%, CSX ( CSX), down 1.6% and Target ( TGT), down 1.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX), up 7.0%, McKesson ( MCK), up 4.5%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 3.6%, Cardinal Health ( CAH), up 1.9% and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 1.3%.

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

5. TJX Companies ( TJX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, TJX Companies is down $0.44 (-0.8%) to $51.33 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.16-$51.69 after having opened the day at $51.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.77.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $37.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies 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, increase in stock price during the past year 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 TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Expedia ( EXPE) is down $16.54 (-25.4%) to $48.46 on heavy volume. Thus far, 18.8 million shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.55-$50.90 after having opened the day at $50.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.00.

Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Expedia has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Expedia a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expedia as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Expedia Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is down $0.84 (-1.6%) to $53.38 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.25-$54.05 after having opened the day at $54.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.23.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, engages in the provision of various merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 23.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is down $0.29 (-0.7%) to $43.84 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.61-$43.96 after having opened the day at $43.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.13.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $48.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is down $0.49 (-1.1%) to $43.68 on average volume. Thus far, 5.4 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.56-$43.90 after having opened the day at $43.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.17.

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 $95.7 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity 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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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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