3 Services Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 14,818 as of Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,623 issues advancing vs. 1,312 declining with 88 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the sector that fell today was Cencosud ( CNCO), up 2.8%. Top gainers within the sector include MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 2.9%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 2.6%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 2.5%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 2.5% and Royal Philips ( PHG), up 2.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. Shaw Communications ( SJR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Shaw Communications is down $1.25 (-5.2%) to $22.84 on heavy volume. Thus far, 409,101 shares of Shaw Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 318,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.77-$23.69 after having opened the day at $23.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.09.

Shaw Communications Inc. provides broadband cable television, Internet, home phone, telecommunication, and satellite direct-to-home services in Canada and the United States. Shaw Communications has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Shaw Communications a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Shaw Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. 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 Shaw Communications Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP) is down $1.38 (-1.2%) to $116.65 on average volume. Thus far, 434,484 shares of Canadian Pacific Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 764,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.51-$119.86 after having opened the day at $118.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.03.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a transcontinental railway providing freight transportation services, logistics solutions, and supply chain expertise in Canada and the United States. Canadian Pacific Railway has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Canadian Pacific Railway a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Pacific Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Canadian Pacific Railway Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is down $0.24 (-0.5%) to $45.58 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 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 $45.56-$46.49 after having opened the day at $46.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.82.

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 $49.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance 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 Lowe's Companies 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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