5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 72 points (-0.5%) at 15,564 as of Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 12:54 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 854 issues advancing vs. 2,087 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Zillow ( Z), down 8.5%, Darden Restaurants ( DRI), down 6.0%, GameStop ( GME), down 5.0%, Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation ( LGF), down 4.3% and Kirby ( KEX), down 4.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Netflix ( NFLX), up 2.3%, eBay ( EBAY), up 1.1%, Royal Philips ( PHG), up 1.1%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 1.2% and Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA), up 0.8%.

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

5. McKesson ( MCK) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, McKesson is down $1.00 (-0.8%) to $131.02 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 943,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $130.78-$132.62 after having opened the day at $131.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $132.01.

McKesson Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, delivers pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and health care information technologies to the healthcare industry primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions. McKesson has a market cap of $30.0 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are up 35.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate McKesson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McKesson 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 growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full McKesson Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is down $0.45 (-1.2%) to $37.25 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.22-$37.60 after having opened the day at $37.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.70.

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 $22.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Carnival Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Carnival Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is down $0.64 (-1.5%) to $41.44 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.42-$42.10 after having opened the day at $42.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.08.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Gap has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 35.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, 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 Gap Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is down $0.51 (-0.9%) to $57.98 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.92-$58.44 after having opened the day at $58.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.49.

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 $18.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 31.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is down $0.59 (-1.3%) to $44.86 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.80-$45.57 after having opened the day at $45.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.45.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 15.5% 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 increase in stock price during the past year, 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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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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