4 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 15,618 as of Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,354 issues advancing vs. 1,554 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 3.5%, Time Warner Cable ( TWC), down 2.2%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 1.9%, CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW), down 1.6% and Netflix ( NFLX), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 7.5%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 6.8%, Brinker International ( EAT), up 6.4%, Charter Communications Inc Class A ( CHTR), up 3.6% and Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), up 3.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Weight Watchers International ( WTW) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Weight Watchers International is down $8.62 (-18.3%) to $38.41 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Weight Watchers International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 430,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.25-$40.00 after having opened the day at $39.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.03.

Weight Watchers International, Inc. provides weight management services in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and internationally. It offers a range of products and services comprising nutritional, exercise, and behavioral tools and approaches. Weight Watchers International has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Weight Watchers International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weight Watchers International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Weight Watchers International Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Omnicom Group ( OMC) is down $1.00 (-1.5%) to $63.80 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Omnicom Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.33-$64.15 after having opened the day at $63.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.80.

Omnicom Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides advertising, marketing, and corporate communications services in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia pacific. Omnicom Group has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Omnicom Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omnicom Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Omnicom Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kroger ( KR) is down $0.57 (-1.4%) to $39.08 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.08-$39.60 after having opened the day at $39.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.65.

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 $20.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 50.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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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1. As of noon trading, Liberty Global ( LBTYA) is down $1.54 (-1.9%) to $79.46 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.48-$81.25 after having opened the day at $81.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.99.

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Liberty Global has a market cap of $11.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 28.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Liberty Global a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. 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 Liberty Global 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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