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 69 points (-0.4%) at 16,384 as of Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 999 issues advancing vs. 1,928 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 6.5%, Shutterstock ( SSTK), down 5.0%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 4.5%, YY ( YY), down 4.0% and Netflix ( NFLX), down 3.1%.

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

3. Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores is down $0.39 (-0.5%) to $74.19 on light volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.05-$74.60 after having opened the day at $74.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.58.

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 $242.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, priceline.com Incorporated ( PCLN) is down $20.22 (-1.5%) to $1,337.82 on average volume. Thus far, 331,150 shares of priceline.com Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 728,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,334.05-$1,358.84 after having opened the day at $1,356.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,358.04.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com Incorporated has a market cap of $71.1 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 17.4% 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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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is down $2.92 (-0.8%) to $369.14 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 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 $367.00-$372.73 after having opened the day at $372.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $372.06.

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 $170.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 6.7% 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. 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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