CVS, MA And DTV, 3 Services Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 66 points (-0.4%) at 16,378 as of Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,660 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Discovery Communications ( DISCA), down 49.9%, Copa Holdings ( CPA), down 11.9%, Scripps Networks Interactive ( SNI), down 5.0%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 3.4% and Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX), down 3.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 9.7%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 4.1% and Walgreen ( WAG), up 0.7%.

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

3. CVS Caremark ( CVS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark is down $1.20 (-1.6%) to $75.83 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.63-$77.63 after having opened the day at $77.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.03.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. The company operates through Pharmacy Services and Retail Pharmacy segments. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $90.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MasterCard ( MA) is down $1.46 (-1.9%) to $73.90 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.88-$75.68 after having opened the day at $75.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.36.

MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. MasterCard has a market cap of $83.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate MasterCard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full MasterCard Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Directv ( DTV) is down $0.71 (-0.8%) to $83.80 on light volume. Thus far, 995,090 shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.70-$84.76 after having opened the day at $84.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.51.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment services in the United States and Latin America. The company acquires, promotes, sells, and distributes digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $42.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 23.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv 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 expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Directv 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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