3 Services Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 38 points (0.2%) at 16,171 as of Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,939 issues advancing vs. 967 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include National CineMedia ( NCMI), down 13.9%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 11.1%, Royal Philips ( PHG), down 0.8%, Liberty Global ( LBTYA), down 0.6% and Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Shutterstock ( SSTK), up 16.9%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 6.3%, Omnicare ( OCR), up 3.9%, DISH Network ( DISH), up 3.6% and Priceline.com ( PCLN), up 3.6%.

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

3. Charter Communications ( CHTR) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Charter Communications is down $6.66 (-5.0%) to $125.18 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.00-$132.02 after having opened the day at $132.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $131.84.

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Charter Communications Ratings Report now.

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