3 Stocks Pulling The Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 92 points (0.6%) at 16,652 as of Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,209 issues advancing vs. 757 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include SeaWorld Entertainment ( SEAS), down 32.5%, Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), down 10.0%, LATAM Airlines Group ( LFL), down 2.5%, eBay ( EBAY), down 0.8% and TJX Companies ( TJX), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT), up 8.9%, Pandora Media ( P), up 7.8%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 2.7%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 2.6% and Sirius XM Holdings ( SIRI), up 2.2%.

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

3. Kohl's ( KSS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Kohl's is down $1.03 (-1.8%) to $54.90 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.03-$54.95 after having opened the day at $54.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.93.

Kohl's Corporation operates department stores in the United States. It offers exclusive and national brand apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty, and soft home products to children, men, and women customers. Kohl's has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, 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 Kohl's Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is down $0.39 (-0.9%) to $41.90 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.63-$42.29 after having opened the day at $42.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.29.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It provides apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Gap has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Gap a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Gap Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is down $3.37 (-5.6%) to $56.39 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.0 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.21-$57.76 after having opened the day at $56.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.76.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Its stores and Websites sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Macy's has a market cap of $21.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's 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, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. 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 Macy's 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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