5 Services Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 42 points (-0.3%) at 15,487 as of Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 930 issues advancing vs. 1,976 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Five Below ( FIVE), down 5.9%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 5.1%, GameStop ( GME), down 4.2%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 3.2% and Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 2.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 8.8%, Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), up 4.7%, FedEx Corporation ( FDX), up 2.8%, Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), up 2.2% and Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), up 1.4%.

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

5. Directv ( DTV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Directv is down $0.62 (-1.0%) to $61.78 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.55-$62.70 after having opened the day at $62.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.40.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $34.0 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 23.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, 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 Directv Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is down $0.54 (-0.8%) to $63.36 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.19-$64.13 after having opened the day at $64.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.90.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $52.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 37.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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 Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is down $0.16 (-0.7%) to $23.16 on average volume. Thus far, 6.0 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.91-$23.21 after having opened the day at $23.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.32.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 95.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is down $0.20 (-0.6%) to $32.38 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.32-$32.56 after having opened the day at $32.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.59.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $49.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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 low profit margins. Get the full Twenty-First Century Fox Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is down $0.47 (-0.7%) to $66.51 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.21-$66.79 after having opened the day at $66.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.98.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. Walt Disney has a market cap of $119.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 34.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Walt Disney 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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