3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 15,994 as of Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,823 issues advancing vs. 1,044 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include URS Corporation ( URS), down 12.7%, Cabela's ( CAB), down 12.6%, Comcast ( CMCSK), down 3.6%, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT), down 1.8% and Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), down 1.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 13.5%, Copa Holdings ( CPA), up 7.4%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 7.2%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 4.5% and Verisk Analytics ( VRSK), up 3.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market is down $4.06 (-7.3%) to $51.40 on heavy volume. Thus far, 15.1 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.32-$51.71 after having opened the day at $51.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.46.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 stock price during the past year. 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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2. As of noon trading, Sirius XM Holdings ( SIRI) is down $0.10 (-2.7%) to $3.46 on heavy volume. Thus far, 70.6 million shares of Sirius XM Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.42-$3.52 after having opened the day at $3.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.56.

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. Sirius XM Holdings has a market cap of $21.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Sirius XM Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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 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 Sirius XM Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is down $0.28 (-0.6%) to $46.40 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.03-$46.47 after having opened the day at $46.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.68.

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 $48.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, notable return on equity 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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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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