3 Stocks Pulling The Services Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 16,647 as of Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,518 issues advancing vs. 1,472 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Shutterstock ( SSTK), down 5.4%, Live Nation Entertainment ( LYV), down 3.8%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 2.7%, Lowe's Companies ( LOW), down 2.4% and Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 2.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Golar LNG ( GLNG), up 3.4%, AutoZone ( AZO), up 2.5%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 2.4%, Cencosud ( CNCO), up 2.2% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 2.1%.

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

3. Dollar General ( DG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Dollar General is down $1.54 (-2.7%) to $54.76 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Dollar General exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.33-$55.38 after having opened the day at $55.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.30.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Dollar General a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General Ratings Report now.

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