3 Stocks Dragging In The Services Sector

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 78 points (0.5%) at 16,105 as of Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,755 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Weight Watchers International ( WTW), down 25.8%, Zillow ( Z), down 6.7%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 2.8%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 1.4% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Ingram Micro ( IM), up 13.5%, Cencosud ( CNCO), up 4.6%, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ( HOT), up 3.6%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), up 2.9% and Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), up 2.7%.

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

3. Interpublic Group of Companies ( IPG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Interpublic Group of Companies is down $0.66 (-3.9%) to $16.47 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Interpublic Group of Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.36-$17.05 after having opened the day at $17.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.13.

The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides advertising and marketing services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Integrated Agency Networks and Constituency Management Group. Interpublic Group of Companies has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Interpublic Group of Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Interpublic Group of Companies 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, 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 has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Interpublic Group of Companies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, GNC Holdings ( GNC) is down $6.59 (-12.6%) to $45.80 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.2 million shares of GNC Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.92-$47.00 after having opened the day at $45.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.39.

GNC Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of health and wellness products. It operates through three segments: Retail, Franchise, and Manufacturing/Wholesale. GNC Holdings has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate GNC Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GNC Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full GNC Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, DISH Network ( DISH) is down $1.63 (-2.8%) to $56.69 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of DISH Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.28-$57.33 after having opened the day at $56.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.32.

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 up 0.7% 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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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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