3 Stocks Dragging 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 6 points (0.0%) at 17,752 as of Friday, July 31, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,104 issues advancing vs. 883 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 3.0%, Visa ( V), down 0.9% and MasterCard ( MA), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Expedia ( EXPE), up 10.2%, Ingram Micro ( IM), up 10.0%, Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL), up 8.3%, Western Union ( WU), up 7.4% and Carnival ( CCL), up 3.5%.

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

3. Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao is down $0.86 (-3.8%) to $21.53 on average volume. Thus far, 460,299 shares of Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 616,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.45-$22.21 after having opened the day at $22.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.39.

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Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao engages in the retail of food, clothing, home appliances, electronics, and other products through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized stores, and department stores primarily in Brazil. Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 39.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Outerwall ( OUTR) is down $9.89 (-12.1%) to $71.93 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Outerwall exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 490,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.56-$74.49 after having opened the day at $71.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.82.

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Outerwall Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Outerwall has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Outerwall a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Outerwall as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Outerwall Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Norfolk Southern ( NSC) is down $1.03 (-1.2%) to $84.77 on average volume. Thus far, 872,890 shares of Norfolk Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.77-$85.91 after having opened the day at $85.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.80.

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Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods. As of December 31, 2014, it operated approximately 20,000 miles of road in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Norfolk Southern has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 21.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Norfolk Southern a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Norfolk Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Norfolk Southern 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).