5 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 91 points (0.6%) at 15,720 as of Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,156 issues advancing vs. 753 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Genpact ( G), down 15.8%, Advisory Board Company ( ABCO), down 8.1%, Maximus ( MMS), down 5.4%, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation ( WYN), down 3.2% and Lowe's Companies ( LOW), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the sector include AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 21.9%, Expedia ( EXPE), up 14.0%, Outerwall ( OUTR), up 12.6%, Aaron's ( AAN), up 12.2% and Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), up 8.2%.

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

5. Kroger ( KR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Kroger is down $0.45 (-1.2%) to $36.31 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.30-$36.87 after having opened the day at $36.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.76.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $18.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kroger Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, DISH Network ( DISH) is down $0.81 (-1.4%) to $56.45 on light volume. Thus far, 614,335 shares of DISH Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.43-$57.83 after having opened the day at $57.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.26.

DISH Network Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, offers direct broadcast satellite subscription television services in the United States. DISH Network has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate DISH Network a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DISH Network as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full DISH Network Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is down $0.39 (-1.0%) to $39.74 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Carnival Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.58-$40.43 after having opened the day at $40.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.13.

Carnival Corporation operates as a cruise and vacation company worldwide. The company operates in two segments, North America; and Europe, Australia, and Asia. Carnival Corporation has a market cap of $22.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Carnival Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carnival Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Carnival Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is down $0.46 (-0.8%) to $53.62 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.38-$54.36 after having opened the day at $54.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.08.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market 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 increase in net income. 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 Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is down $0.60 (-0.5%) to $113.66 on average volume. Thus far, 974,457 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.38-$114.61 after having opened the day at $114.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $114.26.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $48.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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