5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 15,311 as of Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,760 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Copart ( CPRT), down 7.5%, Carnival Corporation ( CCL), down 5.0%, CarMax ( KMX), down 2.9%, Kohl's ( KSS), down 2.2% and DISH Network ( DISH), down 2.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Ascena Retail Group ( ASNA), up 16.2%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 7.4%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 4.8%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 3.0% and Gannett ( GCI), up 2.9%.

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

5. Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation is down $0.54 (-0.9%) to $57.57 on light volume. Thus far, 802,564 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.51-$58.11 after having opened the day at $58.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.11.

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 $18.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 32.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is down $0.80 (-1.8%) to $42.78 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.70-$43.74 after having opened the day at $43.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.58.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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3. As of noon trading, J.C. Penney ( JCP) is down $1.63 (-13.7%) to $10.27 on heavy volume. Thus far, 71.8 million shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.93-$11.66 after having opened the day at $11.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.90.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., operates department stores. The company sells family apparel and footwear, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, beauty products, and home furnishings. J.C. Penney has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 37.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.C. Penney as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full J.C. Penney Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is down $0.42 (-0.7%) to $63.49 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.42-$64.00 after having opened the day at $63.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.91.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $40.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Target a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Target Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.79 (-1.0%) to $74.96 on average volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.83-$75.94 after having opened the day at $75.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.75.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $248.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share 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 Wal-Mart Stores 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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