3 Stocks Dragging The Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 16,218 as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 186 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 Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), down 6.0%, Charter Communications ( CHTR), down 1.8%, Comcast Corp Class A ( CMCSK), down 1.2%, FedEx Corporation ( FDX), down 1.1% and Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include Bloomin Brands ( BLMN), up 11.9%, Live Nation Entertainment ( LYV), up 7.4%, Dillards ( DDS), up 6.5%, GameStop ( GME), up 6.0% and Macy's ( M), up 4.9%.

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

3. Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands is down $0.72 (-0.8%) to $83.69 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.41-$84.99 after having opened the day at $84.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.41.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $66.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) is down $0.76 (-1.1%) to $71.80 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Starbucks Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.68-$72.66 after having opened the day at $72.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.56.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, packaged roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single serve products, and juices and bottled water. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $54.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Starbucks Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Starbucks Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is down $0.65 (-1.3%) to $50.50 on average volume. Thus far, 7.9 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.19-$51.46 after having opened the day at $51.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.15.

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $109.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Comcast 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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