3 Services Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 57 points (0.3%) at 16,611 as of Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,452 issues advancing vs. 535 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Copa Holdings ( CPA), down 3.2%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 1.7% and L Brands ( LB), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include Mattress Firm ( MFRM), up 14.0%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 4.1%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 3.5%, Sysco ( SYY), up 3.3% and Priceline Group ( PCLN), up 3.1%.

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

3. TJX Companies ( TJX) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, TJX Companies is down $0.36 (-0.7%) to $54.54 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.46-$55.15 after having opened the day at $55.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.90.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $37.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is down $4.36 (-3.1%) to $135.26 on light volume. Thus far, 676,544 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $133.51-$137.40 after having opened the day at $134.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $139.62.

Zillow, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company owns and operates Zillow.com. Zillow has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 70.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Zillow a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that net income has been generally deteriorating over time. Get the full Zillow Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dollar General ( DG) is down $0.56 (-1.0%) to $57.48 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Dollar General exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.94-$58.00 after having opened the day at $57.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.05.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Dollar General a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General 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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