AN, SBGI, CHTR And LOW, 4 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 119 points (0.7%) at 16,493 as of Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,941 issues advancing vs. 990 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), down 8.3%, Netflix ( NFLX), down 5.1%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 4.5%, Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), down 2.4% and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.4%. Top gainers within the sector include KBR ( KBR), up 6.8%, Robert Half International ( RHI), up 4.4%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 3.3%, United Rentals ( URI), up 2.6% and Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), up 1.9%.

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

4. AutoNation ( AN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, AutoNation is down $1.29 (-2.6%) to $47.94 on average volume. Thus far, 612,245 shares of AutoNation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 822,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.94-$49.69 after having opened the day at $49.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.23.

AutoNation, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury. AutoNation has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates AutoNation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoNation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. 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 AutoNation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI) is down $2.04 (-6.0%) to $31.82 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Sinclair Broadcast Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.70-$34.38 after having opened the day at $33.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.86.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., a television broadcasting company, owns or provides programming, operating, or sales services to television stations in the United States. Sinclair Broadcast Group has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Sinclair Broadcast Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sinclair Broadcast Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income 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 Sinclair Broadcast Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Charter Communications ( CHTR) is down $1.28 (-0.9%) to $136.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 699,234 shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 871,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $135.12-$137.90 after having opened the day at $137.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $137.34.

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 $14.0 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 0.4% 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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1. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is down $0.64 (-1.3%) to $48.26 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.19-$49.03 after having opened the day at $48.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.90.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $50.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Lowe's Companies 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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