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 17 points (-0.1%) at 17,039 as of Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 915 issues advancing vs. 2,069 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Aaron's ( AAN), down 7.6%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 5.6%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 3.8%, Golar LNG ( GLNG), down 2.7% and Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX), down 2.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Copa Holdings ( CPA), up 3.7%, Lions Gate Entertainment ( LGF), up 3.1%, Spirit Airlines ( SAVE), up 2.3%, JB Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), up 1.8% and Delta Air Lines ( DAL), up 1.3%.

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

3. Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market is down $0.45 (-1.2%) to $36.76 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.2 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.42-$37.58 after having opened the day at $37.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.21.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 35.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is down $0.55 (-0.7%) to $74.40 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.72-$75.70 after having opened the day at $75.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.95.

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 $60.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Walt Disney ( DIS) is down $0.87 (-1.0%) to $85.89 on average volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.54-$86.65 after having opened the day at $86.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.76.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Interactive. Walt Disney has a market cap of $150.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Walt Disney 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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