3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 91 points (-0.5%) at 16,894 as of Thursday, July 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 864 issues advancing vs. 2,123 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), down 20.1%, Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX), down 2.8%, L Brands ( LB), down 2.7%, Royal Philips ( PHG), down 2.4% and CarMax ( KMX), down 2.0%. Top gainers within the sector include AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 3.8%, Sirius XM Holdings ( SIRI), up 1.0%, Paychex ( PAYX), up 0.8% and Charter Communications ( CHTR), up 0.8%.

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

3. Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands is down $0.75 (-1.0%) to $75.14 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.93-$75.18 after having opened the day at $74.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.89.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. The company owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, the Plaza Casino, and the Sands Macao in Macau, the People's Republic of China. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $60.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, McDonald's ( MCD) is down $0.59 (-0.6%) to $100.48 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of McDonald's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.16-$101.05 after having opened the day at $100.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.07.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's has a market cap of $98.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate McDonald's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's 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, expanding profit margins, 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full McDonald's Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is down $1.34 (-1.6%) to $79.40 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.8 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.95-$79.58 after having opened the day at $79.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.73.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $110.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income 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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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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