3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,738 issues advancing vs. 1,242 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), down 1.9%, Alliance Data Systems ( ADS), down 1.6%, Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG), down 1.4%, Expedia ( EXPE), down 1.3% and MasterCard ( MA), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 3.5%, Kansas City Southern ( KSU), up 2.7%, CarMax ( KMX), up 2.7%, Rite Aid ( RAD), up 2.4% and Norfolk Southern ( NSC), up 2.0%.

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

3. AutoZone ( AZO) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, AutoZone is down $3.88 (-0.7%) to $536.97 on light volume. Thus far, 54,254 shares of AutoZone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 169,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $536.73-$542.16 after having opened the day at $540.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $540.85.

AutoZone, Inc. is engaged in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate AutoZone a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoZone as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full AutoZone Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Continental Holdings ( UAL) is down $0.39 (-0.8%) to $49.15 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.91-$50.63 after having opened the day at $49.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.54.

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 $18.5 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 30.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is down $0.62 (-1.6%) to $38.90 on average volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.84-$39.91 after having opened the day at $39.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.52.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo worldwide. Its route network comprises various gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $33.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 43.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Delta Air Lines 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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