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Tyco International Ltd (TYC): Today's Featured Services Winner

Tyco International (TYC) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Tyco International rose 67 cents (1.3%) to $53.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Tyco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.92-$53.16 after having opened the day at $52.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.35. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Seven Arts Entertainment (SAPX), up 24.3%, American Reprographics Company (ARP), up 15.4%, Inuvo (INUV), up 14.5%, and Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG), up 12.8%.

Tyco International Ltd. provides security products and services, fire protection and detection products and services, valves and controls, and other industrial products worldwide. It operates through three segments: Tyco Security Solutions, Tyco Fire Protection, and Tyco Flow Control. Tyco International has a market cap of $23.99 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Tyco International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyco International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I (EDU), down 35.2%, Books-A-Million (BAMM), down 21.1%, China Auto Logistics (CALI), down 16.2%, and Harte-Hanks (HHS), down 16.1%, were all losers within the services sector with US Airways Group (LCC) 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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