3 Stocks Pushing 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 117 points (-0.7%) at 16,295 as of Monday, April 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 843 issues advancing vs. 2,136 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 18.7%, Avis Budget Group ( CAR), down 6.2%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 5.4%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 4.7% and Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), down 4.6%.

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

3. eBay ( EBAY) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, eBay is down $0.58 (-1.1%) to $53.42 on average volume. Thus far, 8.0 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.05-$54.12 after having opened the day at $54.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.00.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $69.3 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Priceline Group ( PCLN) is down $19.85 (-1.7%) to $1,158.23 on heavy volume. Thus far, 880,309 shares of Priceline Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 856,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,147.01-$1,189.86 after having opened the day at $1,167.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,178.08.

priceline.com Incorporated operates as an online travel company. Priceline Group has a market cap of $64.5 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Priceline Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline Group 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 Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is down $6.22 (-1.9%) to $316.78 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $314.17-$324.94 after having opened the day at $320.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $323.00.

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 $153.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 19.0% 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 6 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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