5 Stocks Dragging The Services Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), down 14.4%, Zillow ( Z), down 5.5%, Washington Post Company ( WPO), down 4.7%, Urban Outfitters ( URBN), down 3.0% and Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 2.9%. Top gainers within the sector include Cabela's ( CAB), up 5.8%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 3.2%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 2.7%, CarMax ( KMX), up 2.6% and eBay ( EBAY), up 2.3%.

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 $0.46 (-0.8%) to $56.48 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.25-$56.91 after having opened the day at $56.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.94.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 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, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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, Target ( TGT) is down $0.88 (-1.4%) to $63.06 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.05-$63.99 after having opened the day at $63.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.93.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $40.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Target a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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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3. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is down $0.36 (-0.5%) to $66.60 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.24-$67.50 after having opened the day at $67.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.96.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $79.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark 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, 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 CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is down $0.64 (-0.8%) to $80.03 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.66-$80.75 after having opened the day at $80.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.67.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $115.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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 Home Depot Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is down $4.71 (-1.3%) to $361.09 on light volume. Thus far, 897,803 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $359.61-$367.96 after having opened the day at $364.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $365.80.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $21.5 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 304.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 291.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Netflix 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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