3 Stocks Pulling The Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.7%) at 16,899 as of Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 971 issues advancing vs. 2,018 declining with 168 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Pandora Media ( P), down 8.2%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 6.9%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 5.9%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 5.0% and MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 4.4%. A company within the sector that increased today was Royal Philips ( PHG), up 1.8%.

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

3. Visa ( V) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Visa is down $2.74 (-1.3%) to $214.00 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $213.15-$216.89 after having opened the day at $216.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $216.74.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $108.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Visa Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is down $0.60 (-1.1%) to $53.58 on average volume. Thus far, 5.6 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.50-$54.22 after having opened the day at $53.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.18.

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 $117.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 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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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is down $17.77 (-3.9%) to $442.85 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $439.28-$461.00 after having opened the day at $459.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $460.62.

Netflix, Inc. operates as an Internet television network, is engaged in the Internet delivery of TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $28.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 25.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 Netflix 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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