5 Stocks in the Services Sector Investors are Tossing Away Today

Through the early part of trading on Thursday, August 25, 2011, these stocks are bringing down the Services (NYSE:IYC) sector. Long time Wall St. Cheat Sheet readers know to watch stock prices because Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong’ is one of the ‘T’s in our CHEAT SHEET investing framework.

Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $41.16, which is $1.97 (-4.1%) below the previous close of $42.93. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. operates hotel and leisure business. Its brand names include St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin and Le Mridien.

Stock Price Performance: From May 31, 2011, to August 24, 2011, the stock price had fallen $18.05 (-29.6%) from $60.98 to $42.93. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 14, 2011 and April 21, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 7.4% (+$4.21). It saw one of its worst periods between March 30, 2011 and April 11, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 3.3% (-$1.91).

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $45.77, down $1.83 (-3.6%) from the previous close of $47.46. Darden Restaurants, Inc operates in the United States full-service dining restaurant industry.

Stock Price Performance: From July 27, 2011, to August 24, 2011, the stock price had dropped $3.80 (-7.4%) from $51.26 to $47.46. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 27, 2010 and November 5, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6.8% (+$3). It saw one of its worst periods between March 31, 2011 and April 11, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 4.3% (-$2.10).

H&R Block Inc. (NYSE:HRB) stocks are trading at $13.85. This is 55 cents (-3.5%) below the previous close of $14.35, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. H&R Block, Inc. through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, retail banking, accounting and various business advisory and consulting services.

Stock Price Performance: From June 28, 2011, to August 24, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.90 (-11.7%) from $16.25 to $14.35. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 16, 2011 and June 23, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 4.5% (+69 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 8.3% (-$1.29).

Guess, Inc. (NYSE:GES) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $31.91, which is $1.41 (-4.1%) below the previous close of $33.29. Guess Inc designs, markets, distribute and licenses a leading lifestyle collection of contemporary apparel and accessories for men, women and children that reflect the American lifestyle and European fashion sensibilities.

Stock Price Performance: From May 31, 2011, to August 24, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.21 (-26.8%) from $45.50 to $33.29. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 12.6% (+$4.79). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 12.7% (-$5.27).

Hatteras Financial Corp. (NYSE:HTS) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $26.59, down $1.04 (-3.7%) from the previous close of $27.62. The Company is an externally-managed mortgage REIT that invests in adjustable-rate and hybrid adjustable-rate single-family residential mortgage pass-through securities guaranteed or issued by a U.S. Government agency or U.S. Government-sponsored entity.

Stock Price Performance: From July 26, 2011, to August 23, 2011, the stock price had dropped 65 cents (-2.3%) from $28.48 to $27.83. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 7.2% (-$2.08). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between July 14, 2011 and July 22, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 2.1% (+59 cents).

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