5 Stocks Underperforming Today 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 90 points (-0.6%) at 15,522 as of Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 580 issues advancing vs. 2,389 declining with 97 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), down 15.4%, AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM), down 13.7%, Tidewater ( TDW), down 9.5%, Foot Locker ( FL), down 6.6% and United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 3.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), up 2.8%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 2.8%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 1.8%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 1.7% and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 1.3%.

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

5. Walgreen Company ( WAG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company is down $0.47 (-0.9%) to $50.49 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.09-$50.98 after having opened the day at $50.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.96.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $48.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 37.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is down $0.69 (-0.9%) to $73.07 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.87-$73.85 after having opened the day at $73.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.76.

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 $55.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 37.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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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3. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is down $0.58 (-1.3%) to $44.88 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 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 $44.69-$45.46 after having opened the day at $45.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.47.

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 $48.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 28.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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2. As of noon trading, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is down $0.62 (-0.6%) to $98.69 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.59-$99.40 after having opened the day at $99.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.31.

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 $99.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share 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, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.83 (-1.1%) to $77.94 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.56-$78.57 after having opened the day at $78.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.77.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $258.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 15.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores 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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