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 205 points (-1.3%) at 15,494 as of Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 659 issues advancing vs. 2,313 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Genuine Parts Company ( GPC), down 4.4%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 3.3%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), down 3.0%, CBS Corporation ( CBS), down 2.9% and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), down 2.6%. A company within the sector that increased today was Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 3.6%.

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

5. Comcast ( CMCSA) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Comcast is down $0.85 (-1.6%) to $53.60 on average volume. Thus far, 6.8 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.36-$54.96 after having opened the day at $54.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.45.

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 $115.8 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Comcast Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Visa ( V) is down $1.76 (-0.8%) to $213.67 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $213.29-$217.84 after having opened the day at $216.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $215.43.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a 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 $111.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Priceline.com ( PCLN) is down $16.93 (-1.5%) to $1,127.96 on average volume. Thus far, 264,231 shares of Priceline.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 622,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,125.11-$1,151.09 after having opened the day at $1,143.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,144.89.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com has a market cap of $59.7 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Priceline.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Priceline.com Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is down $0.72 (-1.4%) to $52.48 on light volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.42-$53.34 after having opened the day at $53.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.20.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $68.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, 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 Friday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay 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, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is down $8.55 (-2.4%) to $350.14 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $346.07-$360.85 after having opened the day at $358.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $358.69.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $184.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 683.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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