5 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 5 points (0.0%) at 16,485 as of Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,370 issues advancing vs. 1,569 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 2.9%, GameStop ( GME), down 2.6%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 2.0%, Netflix ( NFLX), down 1.9% and Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 1.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 3.2%, Cencosud ( CNCO), up 1.9%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 1.8%, LATAM Airlines Group S.A ( LFL), up 1.7% and Tyco International ( TYC), up 1.5%.

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

5. Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation is down $0.38 (-0.6%) to $60.55 on light volume. Thus far, 560,801 shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.49-$61.49 after having opened the day at $61.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.93.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, engages in the provision of various merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 38.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is down $1.29 (-3.4%) to $36.78 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.56-$38.11 after having opened the day at $38.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.07.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates in six continents from its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 62.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Pandora Media ( P) is down $0.99 (-3.5%) to $27.71 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Pandora Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.59-$28.71 after having opened the day at $28.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.70.

Pandora Media, Inc. provides Internet radio services in the United States. The company allows listeners to create up to 100 personalized stations to access unlimited hours of free music and comedy, as well as offers Pandora One, a paid subscription service to listeners. Pandora Media has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 212.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Pandora Media a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pandora Media as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Pandora Media Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner ( TWX) is down $0.55 (-0.8%) to $69.45 on light volume. Thus far, 945,787 shares of Time Warner exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.20-$70.10 after having opened the day at $70.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.00.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Networks, Film and TV Entertainment, and Publishing. The Networks segment consists of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Home Box Office, Inc. Time Warner has a market cap of $62.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 46.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Time Warner a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Time Warner Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is down $4.06 (-1.0%) to $400.33 on light volume. Thus far, 785,147 shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $400.07-$405.63 after having opened the day at $404.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $404.39.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $182.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 61.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Amazon.com 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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