3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Services Sector

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 16,415 as of Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,581 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include MoneyGram International ( MGI), down 16.5%, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), down 5.0%, Western Union Company ( WU), down 4.2%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 3.6% and AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 2.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 8.3%, Watsco ( WSO), up 4.7%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 3.0%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 2.5% and Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 2.1%.

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

3. TJX Companies ( TJX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, TJX Companies is down $0.43 (-0.7%) to $58.60 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.54-$59.12 after having opened the day at $58.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.03.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $41.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is down $0.63 (-0.8%) to $75.42 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.98-$76.30 after having opened the day at $75.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.05.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company is engaged in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $38.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Directv Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is down $0.41 (-0.6%) to $65.75 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.59-$66.59 after having opened the day at $65.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.16.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $63.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Walgreen Company 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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