5 Stocks Dragging 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 3 points (0.0%) at 16,165 as of Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,090 issues advancing vs. 1,843 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), down 9.3%, Darden Restaurants ( DRI), down 5.5%, Target ( TGT), down 2.0%, Magna International ( MGA), down 1.9% and Tractor Supply ( TSCO), down 1.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Pier 1 Imports ( PIR), up 5.3%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 4.2%, Omnicom Group ( OMC), up 2.9%, Paychex ( PAYX), up 2.8% and Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), up 2.3%.

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

5. Yum Brands ( YUM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Yum Brands is down $0.55 (-0.8%) to $72.18 on light volume. Thus far, 686,884 shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.78-$72.63 after having opened the day at $72.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.73.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $32.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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