5 Stocks Dragging The Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 16,024 as of Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,437 issues advancing vs. 1,443 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ross Stores ( ROST), down 7.3%, FedEx Corporation ( FDX), down 1.3%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 1.1%, Home Depot ( HD), down 1.1% and Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 1.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Time Warner Cable ( TWC), up 8.7%, Foot Locker ( FL), up 4.0%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 3.9%, DISH Network ( DISH), up 3.1% and Charter Communications Inc Class A ( CHTR), up 2.7%.

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

5. Fresh Market ( TFM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Fresh Market is down $9.40 (-18.6%) to $41.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.3 million shares of Fresh Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 592,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.03-$42.58 after having opened the day at $42.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.40.

The Fresh Market, Inc. operates as a specialty grocery retailer in the United States. Fresh Market has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Fresh Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fresh Market as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Fresh Market Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, PetSmart ( PETM) is down $2.00 (-2.7%) to $72.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of PetSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.77-$74.12 after having opened the day at $73.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.60.

PetSmart, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of products, services, and solutions for pets in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. PetSmart has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate PetSmart a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetSmart 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, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full PetSmart Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, L Brands ( LTD) is down $1.49 (-2.3%) to $63.29 on average volume. Thus far, 768,764 shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.28-$64.73 after having opened the day at $64.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.78.

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 $18.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full L Brands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is down $0.51 (-0.9%) to $55.97 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.38-$56.20 after having opened the day at $56.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.48.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company offers produce, grocery, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is down $1.21 (-2.9%) to $40.65 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.36-$41.68 after having opened the day at $41.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.86.

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 $19.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 1 analyst rates 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, reasonable valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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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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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