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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