3 Stocks Pulling The Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 202 points (-1.2%) at 16,120 as of Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 729 issues advancing vs. 2,228 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 5.8%, Darden Restaurants ( DRI), down 4.8%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 3.9%, Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), down 3.7% and Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), down 3.5%.

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

3. priceline.com Incorporated ( PCLN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, priceline.com Incorporated is down $19.94 (-1.5%) to $1,328.90 on average volume. Thus far, 315,785 shares of priceline.com Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 710,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,321.00-$1,342.03 after having opened the day at $1,330.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,348.84.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com Incorporated has a market cap of $70.8 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 16.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate priceline.com Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates priceline.com Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full priceline.com Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is down $5.62 (-1.3%) to $440.01 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $438.10-$443.80 after having opened the day at $441.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $445.63.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $27.0 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 21.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix 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, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Netflix Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is down $4.49 (-1.2%) to $357.61 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $356.55-$360.96 after having opened the day at $358.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $362.10.

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 $165.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 9.2% 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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