3 Stocks Pulling The Services Sector Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 24 points (0.1%) at 16,720 as of Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,382 issues advancing vs. 1,595 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include DXP ( DXPE), down 38.5%, ExamWorks Group ( EXAM), down 12.7%, Tractor Supply ( TSCO), down 2.5%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.3% and Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), down 2.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Vantiv ( VNTV), up 4.0%, McKesson ( MCK), up 2.9%, Liberty Global ( LBTYA), up 1.7%, Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), up 1.2% and United Parcel Service ( UPS), up 0.9%.

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

3. Home Depot ( HD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Home Depot is down $0.96 (-1.2%) to $77.31 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.26-$78.68 after having opened the day at $78.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.27.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $106.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Home Depot Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is down $0.54 (-0.7%) to $81.88 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.75-$82.75 after having opened the day at $82.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.42.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. Walt Disney has a market cap of $141.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Walt Disney Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is down $0.46 (-0.9%) to $50.19 on average volume. Thus far, 13.3 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.07-$50.87 after having opened the day at $50.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.65.

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 $109.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. 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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