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 30 points (0.2%) at 16,949 as of Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,589 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 9.1%, Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX), down 4.1% and Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN), up 10.8%, American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), up 8.3%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 3.3%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 2.7% and Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC), up 2.6%.

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 $0.56 (-1.4%) to $38.20 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.13-$38.80 after having opened the day at $38.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.76.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $14.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 33.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is down $0.20 (-0.6%) to $35.69 on light volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.58-$36.08 after having opened the day at $36.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.89.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $50.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Twenty-First Century Fox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twenty-First Century Fox as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Twenty-First Century Fox Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is down $0.30 (-0.6%) to $53.45 on light volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.29-$53.67 after having opened the day at $53.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.75.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $65.9 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full eBay 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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