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Interpublic Group Of Cos Inc (IPG): Today's Featured Services Winner

Interpublic Group of Cos (IPG) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Interpublic Group of Cos rose 29 cents (2.7%) to $10.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.1 million shares of Interpublic Group of Cos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.64-$11.01 after having opened the day at $10.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.70. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: DS Torm (TRMD), up 22.6%, InfoSonics Corporation (IFON), up 12.1%, Euroseas (ESEA), up 10.8%, and Rada Electronics Industries (RADA), up 6.8%.

The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides advertising and marketing services worldwide. Its services include consumer advertising, digital marketing, communications planning and media buying, public relations, and specialized communications disciplines. Interpublic Group of Cos has a market cap of $4.66 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the average media industry P/E ratio of 10.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Interpublic Group of Cos a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Interpublic Group of Cos as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Scientific Learning Corporation (SCIL), down 21.9%, Westinghouse Solar (WEST), down 20.6%, Dover Motorsports (DVD), down 14.7%, and Acorn International (ATV), down 11%, were all losers within the services sector with Whole Foods Market (WFM) being today's services sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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