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 164 points (-1.0%) at 16,209 as of Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 966 issues advancing vs. 2,022 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), down 9.5%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 7.4%, GNC Holdings ( GNC), down 6.0%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 5.6% and Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC), down 3.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Netflix ( NFLX), up 14.8%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 8.2% and eBay ( EBAY), up 1.1%.

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

5. Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines is down $0.57 (-2.6%) to $21.20 on heavy volume. Thus far, 8.3 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.02-$22.10 after having opened the day at $21.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.77.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) is down $11.67 (-2.3%) to $504.28 on heavy volume. Thus far, 340,580 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 326,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $501.20-$513.95 after having opened the day at $512.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $515.95.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. As of October 15, 2013, the company operated approximately 1,500 restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, United Parcel Service ( UPS) is down $0.76 (-0.8%) to $98.23 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of United Parcel Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.72-$98.54 after having opened the day at $98.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.99.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service has a market cap of $70.1 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 62.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate United Parcel Service a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full United Parcel Service Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is down $0.65 (-1.2%) to $53.09 on light volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.94-$53.58 after having opened the day at $53.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.74.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $113.9 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is down $3.90 (-1.7%) to $229.09 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $229.05-$232.33 after having opened the day at $231.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $232.99.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, is engaged in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $117.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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