3 Services Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 77 points (-0.4%) at 17,034 as of Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 824 issues advancing vs. 2,132 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ADT ( ADT), down 3.3%, Alliance Data Systems ( ADS), down 3.1%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 2.7%, Burger King Worldwide ( BKW), down 2.4% and Grupo Televisa SAB ( TV), down 2.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN), up 3.5%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 1.3%, Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 1.1%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), up 0.9% and Southwest Airlines ( LUV), up 0.8%.

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

3. Home Depot ( HD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Home Depot is down $1.18 (-1.3%) to $89.64 on average volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.41-$90.33 after having opened the day at $90.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.82.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $123.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, CBS ( CBS) is down $1.00 (-1.7%) to $58.06 on light volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of CBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.82-$58.94 after having opened the day at $58.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.06.

CBS Corporation operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. It operates through Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing, Local Broadcasting segments. CBS has a market cap of $29.0 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate CBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Priceline Group ( PCLN) is down $12.36 (-1.0%) to $1,186.50 on average volume. Thus far, 326,654 shares of Priceline Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 743,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,185.51-$1,200.00 after having opened the day at $1,198.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,198.86.

The Priceline Group Inc. operates as an online travel company. Priceline Group has a market cap of $62.7 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Priceline Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Priceline Group 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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