3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 79 points (-0.5%) at 16,635 as of Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,072 issues advancing vs. 1,895 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Dillards ( DDS), down 6.7%, GameStop ( GME), down 5.0%, Nordstrom ( JWN), down 4.0%, Fastenal ( FAST), down 2.4% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 2.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Zillow ( Z), up 2.0%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 1.4%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), up 1.2%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 1.0% and McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI), up 0.5%.

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

3. Dollar General ( DG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Dollar General is down $0.57 (-1.0%) to $57.31 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Dollar General exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.04-$57.98 after having opened the day at $57.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.88.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $0.61 (-0.8%) to $73.78 on average volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.60-$74.65 after having opened the day at $74.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.39.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $238.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline Group ( PCLN) is down $12.14 (-0.9%) to $1,272.67 on heavy volume. Thus far, 927,773 shares of Priceline Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 749,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,266.52-$1,293.62 after having opened the day at $1,293.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,284.81.

The Priceline Group Inc. operates as an online travel company. Priceline Group has a market cap of $67.9 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Priceline Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline Group as a buy. 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Priceline Group 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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