5 Services Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 15,915 as of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Express ( EXPR), down 23.1%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 7.8%, L Brands ( LTD), down 2.8%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 2.9% and O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY), down 2.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 3.5%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 2.9%, Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC), up 1.9%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 1.8% and ManpowerGroup ( MAN), up 1.9%.

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

5. Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market is down $0.50 (-0.9%) to $56.19 on light volume. Thus far, 833,749 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 $56.10-$56.64 after having opened the day at $56.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.69.

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 $21.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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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4. As of noon trading, Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is down $0.38 (-1.1%) to $35.47 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.16-$35.53 after having opened the day at $35.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.85.

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 $21.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Carnival Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carnival Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Carnival Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Cardinal Health ( CAH) is down $0.58 (-0.9%) to $64.15 on light volume. Thus far, 630,435 shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.09-$64.93 after having opened the day at $64.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.73.

Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Cardinal Health Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is down $1.99 (-1.5%) to $132.15 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $131.88-$134.03 after having opened the day at $133.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $134.14.

Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services to residential and business service customers over its broadband cable systems in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $38.6 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Time Warner Cable Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is down $0.53 (-0.9%) to $58.18 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.81-$58.61 after having opened the day at $58.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.71.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $56.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 58.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, 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 Walgreen Company Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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