3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 87 points (0.5%) at 16,266 as of Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,274 issues advancing vs. 691 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CarMax ( KMX), down 9.4%, Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2.6%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.5% and Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 4.0%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 3.5%, Cintas Corporation ( CTAS), up 3.4%, Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), up 3.2% and Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), up 2.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. W.W. Grainger ( GWW) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, W.W. Grainger is down $3.39 (-1.3%) to $250.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 452,257 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 379,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $247.78-$253.07 after having opened the day at $249.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $253.39.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. engages in the distribution of maintenance, repair, and operating supplies, as well as other related products and services for businesses and institutions primarily in the United States and Canada. W.W. Grainger has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate W.W. Grainger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W.W. Grainger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 W.W. Grainger Ratings Report now.

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