4 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 up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,897 as of Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,411 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include AerCap Holdings N.V ( AER), down 3.1%, Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2.7%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 2.4%, LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), down 2.0% and Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Valassis Communications ( VCI), up 21.3%, CVS Caremark ( CVS), up 2.6%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 2.0%, Western Union Company ( WU), up 1.7% and Comcast ( CMCSK), up 1.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Charter Communications ( CHTR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Charter Communications is down $1.11 (-0.8%) to $129.00 on light volume. Thus far, 134,209 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 813,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $128.83-$130.90 after having opened the day at $130.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.11.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 72.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Charter Communications Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Kroger ( KR) is down $0.38 (-0.9%) to $39.45 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.37-$39.93 after having opened the day at $39.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.83.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger 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 and solid stock price performance. 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 Kroger Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is down $0.70 (-0.6%) to $116.86 on average volume. Thus far, 800,497 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.85-$117.83 after having opened the day at $117.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.55.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $51.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase 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 shows low profit margins. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is down $0.32 (-0.6%) to $52.26 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.22-$53.10 after having opened the day at $52.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.58.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $68.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 25 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay 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, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share 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 eBay 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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