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 up 14 points (0.1%) at 17,085 as of Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,160 issues advancing vs. 1,849 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Magna International ( MGA), down 1.9%, Liberty Global ( LBTYK), down 1.4% and TJX Companies ( TJX), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Teekay ( TK), up 13.3%, eBay ( EBAY), up 7.3%, Cintas ( CTAS), up 7.7%, Wynn Resorts ( WYNN), up 3.6% and Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), up 3.3%.

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

3. Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies is down $0.41 (-0.8%) to $52.94 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.89-$53.44 after having opened the day at $53.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.35.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $52.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, McDonald's ( MCD) is down $0.87 (-0.9%) to $95.35 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of McDonald's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.34-$96.36 after having opened the day at $96.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.22.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. McDonald's has a market cap of $93.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate McDonald's a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full McDonald's Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is down $0.39 (-0.4%) to $92.49 on light volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.48-$93.21 after having opened the day at $93.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.88.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $125.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 12.8% 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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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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