5 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 27 points (-0.2%) at 15,858 as of Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 997 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 3.1%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 2.9%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 2.8%, Staples ( SPLS), down 2.1% and Southwest Airlines ( LUV), down 1.9%. Top gainers within the sector include AerCap Holdings N.V ( AER), up 4.2%, DISH Network ( DISH), up 2.4%, Cencosud ( CNCO), up 2.3%, Visa ( V), up 1.9% and Netflix ( NFLX), up 0.7%.

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

5. Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies is down $0.61 (-1.3%) to $46.52 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.44-$47.23 after having opened the day at $47.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.13.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $49.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies 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 net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is down $0.92 (-3.3%) to $27.00 on average volume. Thus far, 7.1 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.90-$27.96 after having opened the day at $27.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.92.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $24.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 139.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. 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 Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is down $0.72 (-1.1%) to $67.07 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.00-$67.91 after having opened the day at $67.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.79.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $80.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 39.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) is down $1.04 (-1.1%) to $94.41 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.33-$95.58 after having opened the day at $95.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.45.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $94.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full McDonald's Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is down $12.70 (-1.1%) to $1,161.55 on average volume. Thus far, 251,747 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 604,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,156.21-$1,175.00 after having opened the day at $1,174.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,174.25.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as a online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $60.2 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 89.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins 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 Priceline.com 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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