3 Stocks Pulling The Services Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 67 points (-0.4%) at 17,031 as of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,211 issues advancing vs. 1,801 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), down 5.7%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 5.7%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), down 3.7%, Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 2.3% and Yum Brands ( YUM), down 2.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Staples ( SPLS), up 7.4%, Office Depot ( ODP), up 5.9%, Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 4.9%, Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), up 3.6% and AerCap Holdings ( AER), up 2.6%.

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

3. Conn's ( CONN) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Conn's is down $13.52 (-30.2%) to $31.31 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.4 million shares of Conn's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 713,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.00-$33.65 after having opened the day at $32.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.83.

Conn's, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of durable consumer goods and related services in Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, the United States. Conn's has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 43.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Conn's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Conn's as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Conn's Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is down $1.81 (-6.4%) to $26.55 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.54-$27.94 after having opened the day at $27.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.36.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Asia. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 27.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Melco Crown Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Melco Crown Entertainment Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Liberty Global ( LBTYA) is down $0.78 (-1.8%) to $42.88 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.69-$43.78 after having opened the day at $43.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.67.

Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, and mobile services in Europe, Chile, Puerto Rico, and internationally. Liberty Global has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Liberty Global a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Liberty Global 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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