UHAL, CONN, AZO, LTD And LBTYA, 5 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 12 points (0.1%) at 14,943 as of Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,432 issues advancing vs. 1,453 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include H&R Block ( HRB), down 1.8%, Expedia ( EXPE), down 1.8%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), down 1.2%, Home Depot ( HD), down 1.0% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), up 11.1%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 4.4%, Pandora Media ( P), up 3.2%, GameStop ( GME), up 3.1% and Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), up 2.8%.

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

5. Amerco ( UHAL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Amerco is down $4.13 (-2.5%) to $163.10 on heavy volume. Thus far, 52,789 shares of Amerco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $162.97-$167.50 after having opened the day at $167.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $167.23.

AMERCO operates as a do-it-yourself moving and storage operator for household and commercial goods in the United States and Canada. Amerco has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 31.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Amerco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amerco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Amerco Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Conn's ( CONN) is down $6.28 (-9.2%) to $62.03 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Conn's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 425,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.10-$64.53 after having opened the day at $60.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.31.

Conn's, Inc. engages in the specialty retail of durable consumer products in the United States. Conn's has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 122.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Conn's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Conn's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Conn's Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, AutoZone ( AZO) is down $4.20 (-1.0%) to $418.62 on light volume. Thus far, 72,640 shares of AutoZone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 224,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $418.00-$423.42 after having opened the day at $423.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $422.81.

AutoZone, Inc. engages in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate AutoZone a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoZone as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full AutoZone Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, L Brands ( LTD) is down $0.92 (-1.6%) to $57.22 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.14-$58.39 after having opened the day at $57.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.14.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. L Brands has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate L Brands a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full L Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Liberty Global ( LBTYA) is down $1.16 (-1.5%) to $77.94 on light volume. Thus far, 446,378 shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.94-$79.60 after having opened the day at $79.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.11.

Liberty Global plc, an international cable company, provides television, broadband Internet, and telephony services. Liberty Global has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 25.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 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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