3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 12 points (-0.1%) at 16,435 as of Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,512 issues advancing vs. 1,401 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Services sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE), down 42.0%, Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), down 4.5%, Darden Restaurants ( DRI), down 4.3%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 2.8% and Advance Auto Parts ( AAP), down 2.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Dillards ( DDS), up 15.3%, JC Penney ( JCP), up 14.6%, Nordstrom ( JWN), up 13.1%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), up 3.6% and Tiffany ( TIF), up 2.3%.

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

3. Southwest Airlines ( LUV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Southwest Airlines is down $0.21 (-0.8%) to $24.55 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Southwest Airlines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.41-$24.80 after having opened the day at $24.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.76.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company operated 694 aircraft, including 606 Boeing 737 aircraft and 88 Boeing 717 aircraft. Southwest Airlines has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 31.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Southwest Airlines a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Airlines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share 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 Southwest Airlines Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is down $0.71 (-1.8%) to $38.05 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.3 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.02-$38.93 after having opened the day at $38.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.76.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $14.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 33.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is down $0.35 (-1.4%) to $23.86 on light volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.62-$24.20 after having opened the day at $24.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.21.

MGM Resorts International, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates casino resorts. The company operates in two segments, Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts and MGM China. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full MGM Resorts International 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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