3 Services Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,140 as of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 873 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC), down 2.3%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 1.8%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 1.4%, Grupo Televisa S.A.B ( TV), down 1.2% and Carnival Corporation ( CCL), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), up 9.8%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 9.0%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 5.5%, Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), up 4.8% and Pandora Media ( P), up 5.0%.

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

3. Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Delta Air Lines is down $0.25 (-0.8%) to $31.09 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.95-$31.59 after having opened the day at $31.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.34.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $26.8 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Delta Air Lines Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.67 (-0.9%) to $75.12 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.86-$75.65 after having opened the day at $75.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.79.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $245.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is down $7.17 (-2.0%) to $350.18 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $350.01-$355.73 after having opened the day at $355.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $357.35.

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 $164.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. 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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