5 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Services Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 4 points (0.0%) at 15,077 as of Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 933 issues advancing vs. 2,036 declining with 90 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2.6%, Staples ( SPLS), down 2.1%, Kohl's ( KSS), down 1.6%, Kroger ( KR), down 1.2% and Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOX), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 11.4%, Dollar General Corporation ( DG), up 3.0%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 1.8%, AutoZone ( AZO), up 1.4% and Visa ( V), up 1.2%.

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

5. Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Carnival Corporation is down $0.37 (-1.0%) to $36.15 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.06-$36.43 after having opened the day at $36.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.52.

Carnival Corporation operates as a cruise and vacation company worldwide. The company operates in two segments, North America; and Europe, Australia, and Asia. Carnival Corporation has a market cap of $21.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Carnival Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carnival Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Carnival Corporation Ratings Report now.

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