5 Stocks Dragging The Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 20 points (0.1%) at 14,984 as of Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,794 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Aeropostale ( ARO), down 21.1%, Pandora Media ( P), down 12.3%, Hibbett Sports ( HIBB), down 9.5%, Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), down 3.1% and American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), down 2.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Net 1 Ueps Technologies ( UEPS), up 43.5%, Wesco Aircraft Holdings ( WAIR), up 4.0%, Zillow ( Z), up 3.6%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 2.7% and Omnicare ( OCR), up 2.4%.

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

5. Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill is down $2.62 (-0.6%) to $404.43 on light volume. Thus far, 95,332 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 379,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $401.88-$406.17 after having opened the day at $403.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $407.05.

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 $12.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 35.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 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 solid stock price performance. 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 Chipotle Mexican Grill Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is down $0.33 (-0.7%) to $44.62 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.44-$45.08 after having opened the day at $44.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.95.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and increase in net income. 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 Macy's Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is down $0.39 (-0.7%) to $55.06 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.96-$55.60 after having opened the day at $55.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.45.

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 23.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is down $0.49 (-0.5%) to $108.47 on light volume. Thus far, 711,335 shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.40-$108.96 after having opened the day at $108.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.96.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services to residential and business service customers over its broadband cable systems in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $30.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. 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 Time Warner Cable Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is down $0.60 (-0.8%) to $73.40 on average volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.11-$74.20 after having opened the day at $74.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.00.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $107.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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 Home Depot 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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