3 Stocks Dragging 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 21 points (-0.1%) at 16,894 as of Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,379 issues advancing vs. 1,581 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Fastenal ( FAST), down 4.9%, Shaw Communications ( SJR), down 2.4%, L Brands ( LB), down 2.0%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 0.6% and Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT), down 0.6%. A company within the sector that increased today was eBay ( EBAY), up 2.5%.

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

3. Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox is down $0.39 (-1.1%) to $34.23 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.22-$34.85 after having opened the day at $34.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.62.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $27.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Twenty-First Century Fox Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Starbucks ( SBUX) is down $0.62 (-0.8%) to $78.23 on light volume. Thus far, 879,241 shares of Starbucks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.14-$78.99 after having opened the day at $78.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.85.

Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, packaged roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single serve products, and juices and bottled water. Starbucks has a market cap of $59.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Starbucks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is down $0.36 (-1.0%) to $35.35 on average volume. Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.32-$35.88 after having opened the day at $35.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.71.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $51.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Twenty-First Century Fox 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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