3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 5 points (0.0%) at 17,085 as of Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,872 issues advancing vs. 1,050 declining with 205 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ), down 3.4%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 3.0%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 2.1%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 1.8% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Team Health Holdings ( TMH), up 3.0%, Golar LNG ( GLNG), up 2.2%, Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), up 1.8%, Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX), up 1.8% and LKQ ( LKQ), up 1.6%.

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

3. Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Las Vegas Sands is down $1.44 (-2.1%) to $66.21 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Las Vegas Sands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.12-$67.65 after having opened the day at $67.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.65.

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 $54.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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2. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is down $0.74 (-1.5%) to $47.58 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.46-$48.41 after having opened the day at $48.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.32.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo transportation services. The company transports people and cargo through its mainline operations, which use jet aircraft with 118 seats, and its regional operations. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 27.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 United Continental Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA) is down $0.20 (-0.6%) to $35.40 on light volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Twenty-First Century Fox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.26-$35.77 after having opened the day at $35.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.60.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company worldwide. It operates through Cable Network Programming, Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Direct Broadcast Satellite Television segments. Twenty-First Century Fox has a market cap of $49.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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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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