RCII, SIRI, LOW And SBUX, Pushing 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 40 points (0.3%) at 15,878 as of Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,973 issues advancing vs. 972 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. A company within the sector that fell today was Home Depot ( HD), up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include TAL Education Group ( XRS), up 13.6%, YY ( YY), up 11.7%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 10.5%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 4.8% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 4.4%.

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

4. Rent-A-Center ( RCII) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Rent-A-Center is down $5.96 (-19.1%) to $25.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Rent-A-Center exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 520,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.75-$25.90 after having opened the day at $25.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.22.

Rent-A-Center, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, leases household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis. It operates in four segments: Core U.S., RAC Acceptance, International, and ColorTyme. Rent-A-Center has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Rent-A-Center a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rent-A-Center as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Rent-A-Center Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Holdings ( SIRI) is down $0.03 (-0.8%) to $3.63 on average volume. Thus far, 24.3 million shares of Sirius XM Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 62.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.62-$3.67 after having opened the day at $3.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.66.

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. Sirius XM Holdings has a market cap of $22.3 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Sirius XM Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sirius XM Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. 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 Sirius XM Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is down $1.06 (-2.2%) to $46.94 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.67-$47.38 after having opened the day at $46.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.00.

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 $50.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is down $0.41 (-0.6%) to $73.80 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.78-$74.80 after having opened the day at $74.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.21.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, packaged roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single serve products, and juices and bottled water. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $56.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 499.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income 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 Starbucks Corporation 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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