Services Stocks Moving to the Downside This Morning

Through the early part of trading on Thursday, September 1, 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.

Shares of American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) are trading at $27.82, down 70 cents (-2.4%) from the previous close of $28.51. American Capital Agency Corp. is a real estate investment trust that invests exclusively in single-family residential mortgage pass-through securities and collateralized mortgage obligations on a leveraged basis.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.76 (-5.8%) from $30.27 to $28.51. It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 3.4% (-92 cents). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2010 and September 20, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7% (+$1.61).

Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (NYSE:IPG) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $8.41, down 25 cents (-2.5%) from the previous close of $8.63. The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. is an advertising and marketing services company that specializes in consumer advertising, interactive marketing and media planning.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.96 (-31.5%) from $12.59 to $8.63. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 11.3% (+$1.29). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 28.6% (-$3.62).

Washington Post Co. (NYSE:WPO) stocks are trading at $348.33. This is $8.23 (-2.1%) below the previous close of $355.76, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. The Washington Post Company operates as a diversified education and media company.

Stock Price Performance: From June 7, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen $65.84 (-15.6%) from $421.60 to $355.76. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 30, 2010 and December 14, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 13.1% (+$48.76). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 1, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 6.5% (-$27.64).

Shares of MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA) are trading at $7.22, down 30 cents (-3.6%) from the previous close of $7.49. MFA Financial, Inc. is engaged in the business of investing, on a leveraged basis, in residential Agency and Non-Agency MBS.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen 53 cents (-6.6%) from $8.02 to $7.49. It saw one of its worst periods between April 4, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 4% (-31 cents). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 30, 2011 and July 8, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 3.7% (+29 cents).

Hatteras Financial Corp. (NYSE:HTS) stocks are trading at $26.86. This is 79 cents (-2.7%) below the previous close of $27.61, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. 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 6, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.23 (-4.3%) from $28.84 to $27.61. 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).