3 Services Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 17,548 as of Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,802 issues advancing vs. 1,173 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 25.3%, Walt Disney ( DIS), down 3.0%, Ryanair Holdings ( RYAAY), down 3.0%, United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 2.6% and CBS ( CBS), down 1.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Sears Holdings ( SHLD), up 28.6%, Fair Isaac ( FICO), up 16.1%, Target ( TGT), up 3.8%, Norfolk Southern ( NSC), up 2.4% and Liberty Global ( LBTYK), up 2.0%.

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

3. Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch is down $4.84 (-13.7%) to $30.54 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.8 million shares of Abercrombie & Fitch exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.31-$31.55 after having opened the day at $31.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.38.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual apparel for men, women, and kids. It operates through three segments: U.S. Stores, International Stores, and Direct-to-Consumer. Abercrombie & Fitch has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Abercrombie & Fitch a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Abercrombie & Fitch as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Abercrombie & Fitch Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Time Warner Cable ( TWC) is down $3.87 (-2.6%) to $142.51 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Time Warner Cable exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $142.25-$146.21 after having opened the day at $146.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $146.38.

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Time Warner Cable Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers video, high-speed data, and voice services in the United States. Time Warner Cable has a market cap of $41.0 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Time Warner Cable a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Time Warner Cable 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, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Time Warner Cable Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Comcast ( CMCSA) is down $0.62 (-1.1%) to $54.76 on light volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.60-$55.45 after having opened the day at $55.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.38.

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Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. Comcast has a market cap of $118.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Comcast 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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