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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4. As of noon trading, McKesson ( MCK) is down $1.21 (-0.8%) to $159.82 on light volume. Thus far, 597,671 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.50-$160.55 after having opened the day at $160.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $161.03.

McKesson Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, delivers pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and health care information technologies to the healthcare industry primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions. McKesson has a market cap of $36.4 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 66.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate McKesson a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McKesson 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full McKesson Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is down $0.59 (-1.0%) to $56.75 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 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 $56.12-$57.23 after having opened the day at $57.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.34.

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 $53.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is down $1.21 (-1.6%) to $76.85 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.72-$78.13 after having opened the day at $77.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.06.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $63.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 67.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands 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, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.44 (-0.6%) to $77.50 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.43-$77.83 after having opened the day at $77.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.94.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $250.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores 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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Wal-Mart Stores 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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