KSS, DG, CAH, MGM And LVS, 5 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.3%) at 16,357 as of Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,698 issues advancing vs. 1,213 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Net Servicos De Comunicacao ( NETC), down 10.2%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 3.9%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 2.2%, Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), down 1.6% and Ross Stores ( ROST), down 1.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Brinker International ( EAT), up 6.4%, Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation ( LGF), up 6.3%, Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC), up 5.9%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 3.9% and Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 3.2%.

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

5. Kohl's ( KSS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Kohl's is down $0.78 (-1.5%) to $51.80 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.56-$52.63 after having opened the day at $52.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.59.

Kohl's Corporation operates department stores in the United States. Its stores offer private, exclusive, and national branded apparel, footwear, and accessories for women, men, and children; soft home products, such as sheets and pillows; and housewares targeted to middle-income customers. Kohl's has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Kohl's Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is down $0.75 (-1.3%) to $57.92 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.72-$58.61 after having opened the day at $58.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.67.

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 $19.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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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3. As of noon trading, Cardinal Health ( CAH) is down $0.61 (-0.9%) to $67.39 on light volume. Thus far, 892,967 shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.26-$68.23 after having opened the day at $68.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.00.

Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $23.1 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 57.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Cardinal Health Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is down $0.66 (-2.5%) to $25.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 9.0 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.38-$25.87 after having opened the day at $25.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.36.

MGM Resorts International, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates casino resorts. The company operates in two segments, Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts and MGM China. Its resorts offer gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment, retail, and other resort amenities. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full MGM Resorts International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is down $2.17 (-2.6%) to $79.86 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.73-$80.94 after having opened the day at $80.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.03.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $67.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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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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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