3 Services Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 17,122 as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,632 issues advancing vs. 1,319 declining with 192 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), down 3.3%, YY ( YY), down 3.0%, Graham Holdings ( GHC), down 2.7%, Cabela's ( CAB), down 2.0% and Golar LNG ( GLNG), down 1.9%. Top gainers within the sector include Express ( EXPR), up 12.9%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), up 4.9%, Scorpio Tankers ( STNG), up 4.8%, Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI), up 3.6% and Staples ( SPLS), up 2.9%.

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

3. Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Vipshop Holdings is down $3.74 (-1.7%) to $213.13 on average volume. Thus far, 400,448 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 961,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $211.77-$215.97 after having opened the day at $215.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $216.87.

Vipshop Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online discount retailer for various brands in the People's Republic of China. Vipshop Holdings has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 159.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Vipshop Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Priceline Group ( PCLN) is down $7.28 (-0.6%) to $1,270.24 on light volume. Thus far, 214,302 shares of Priceline Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 731,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,268.05-$1,281.84 after having opened the day at $1,277.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,277.52.

The Priceline Group Inc. operates as an online travel company. Priceline Group has a market cap of $67.0 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Priceline Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate 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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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is down $3.58 (-0.8%) to $475.78 on light volume. Thus far, 805,420 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $475.18-$480.24 after having opened the day at $479.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $479.36.

Netflix, Inc. operates as an Internet television network, is engaged in the Internet delivery of TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $28.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 30.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, 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 Netflix 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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