3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 81 points (0.5%) at 17,082 as of Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,780 issues advancing vs. 1,159 declining with 188 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Shaw Communications ( SJR), down 1.0%, Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 1.0%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), down 0.9%, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOX), down 0.8% and Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Tim Hortons ( THI), up 21.6%, Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), up 19.8%, Life Time Fitness ( LTM), up 9.9%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 3.4% and LKQ ( LKQ), up 1.9%.

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

3. MGM Resorts International ( MGM) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, MGM Resorts International is down $0.30 (-1.2%) to $24.78 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of MGM Resorts International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.72-$25.20 after having opened the day at $25.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.08.

MGM Resorts International, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and/or operates casino resorts. The company operates in two segments, Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts and MGM China. MGM Resorts International has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate MGM Resorts International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGM Resorts International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full MGM Resorts International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is down $0.60 (-0.9%) to $68.61 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.57-$69.50 after having opened the day at $69.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.21.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. The company owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, the Plaza Casino, and the Sands Macao in Macau, the People's Republic of China. Las Vegas Sands has a market cap of $55.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Las Vegas Sands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Las Vegas Sands 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, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Las Vegas Sands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is down $0.63 (-0.8%) to $82.01 on light volume. Thus far, 662,689 shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.90-$83.15 after having opened the day at $82.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.64.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited is engaged in the design, marketing, distribution, and retailing of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Wholesale, and Licensing. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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 Michael Kors Holdings 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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