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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