3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Services Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 29 points (0.2%) at 17,603 as of Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,659 issues advancing vs. 1,296 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Time Warner Cable ( TWC), down 3.6%, and Visa ( V), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Norfolk Southern ( NSC), up 2.9%, CSX ( CSX), up 2.4%, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 2.2%, Target ( TGT), up 2.0% and CBS ( CBS), up 1.9%.

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

3. W W Grainger ( GWW) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, W W Grainger is down $5.81 (-2.3%) to $249.00 on average volume. Thus far, 297,958 shares of W W Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 470,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $247.68-$252.27 after having opened the day at $251.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $254.81.

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W.W. Grainger, Inc. operates as a distributor of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies; and other related products and services that are used by businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada. W W Grainger has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are down 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate W W Grainger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W W Grainger 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full W W Grainger Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Charter Communications ( CHTR) is down $4.36 (-2.8%) to $152.01 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Charter Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 928,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $148.00-$156.28 after having opened the day at $156.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $156.37.

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Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers in the United States. Charter Communications has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Charter Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charter Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, 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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Charter Communications Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Liberty Global ( LBTYK) is down $0.79 (-1.8%) to $44.46 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Liberty Global exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.75-$45.27 after having opened the day at $45.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.25.

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Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, and mobile services in Europe, Chile, Puerto Rico, and internationally. Liberty Global has a market cap of $24.7 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Global as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Liberty Global 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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