3 Stocks Dragging The Services Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 73 points (-0.4%) at 16,976 as of Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 593 issues advancing vs. 2,443 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CBS ( CBS), down 2.0%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 1.9%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), down 1.6%, Wyndham Worldwide ( WYN), down 1.3% and Sysco ( SYY), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 19.3%, XPO Logistics ( XPO), up 11.1%, Golar LNG ( GLNG), up 2.9%, eBay ( EBAY), up 2.3% and Alliance Data Systems ( ADS), up 2.2%.

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 $0.45 (-1.9%) to $23.79 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 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 $23.71-$24.31 after having opened the day at $24.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.24.

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 $11.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 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 also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full MGM Resorts International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Yum Brands ( YUM) is down $1.10 (-1.5%) to $71.49 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Yum Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.42-$72.43 after having opened the day at $72.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.59.

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants in the United States and internationally. It operates in six segments: YUM Restaurants China, YUM Restaurants International, Taco Bell U.S., KFC U.S., Pizza Hut U.S., and YUM Restaurants India. Yum Brands has a market cap of $31.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Yum Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yum Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. 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 Yum Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) is down $6.97 (-1.0%) to $665.76 on light volume. Thus far, 124,843 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 387,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $665.74-$672.64 after having opened the day at $671.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $672.73.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops and operates fast-casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. As of July 21, 2014, it operated approximately 1,600 restaurants; and 7 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 26.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Chipotle Mexican Grill 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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