3 Services Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 17,640 as of Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,119 issues advancing vs. 1,864 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sprouts Farmers Market ( SFM), down 8.8%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), down 7.6%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 4.9%, Union Pacific ( UNP), down 1.6% and CSX ( CSX), down 1.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Ctrip.com International ( CTRP), up 20.8%, Qunar Cayman Islands ( QUNR), up 13.3%, Pandora Media ( P), up 9.4%, Restaurant Brands International ( QSR), up 3.8% and JetBlue Airways ( JBLU), up 3.3%.

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

3. Grupo Televisa SAB ( TV) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector lower today. As of noon trading, Grupo Televisa SAB is down $0.40 (-1.4%) to $27.97 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Grupo Televisa SAB exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.84-$28.50 after having opened the day at $28.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.37.

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Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. operates as a media company in the Spanish-speaking world. The company operates through four segments: Content, Sky, Telecommunications, and Other Businesses. Grupo Televisa SAB has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 16.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Grupo Televisa SAB a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Grupo Televisa SAB as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Grupo Televisa SAB Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, News ( NWSA) is down $0.44 (-2.9%) to $14.56 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of News exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.41-$15.04 after having opened the day at $15.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.00.

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News Corporation, a media and information services company, focuses on creating and distributing content to consumers and businesses worldwide. News has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate News a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates News as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full News Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL) is down $0.48 (-2.6%) to $17.90 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Melco Crown Entertainment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.61-$18.39 after having opened the day at $18.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.39.

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Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, through its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Asia. Melco Crown Entertainment has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 27.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Melco Crown Entertainment a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Melco Crown Entertainment as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full Melco Crown Entertainment 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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