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Abercrombie & Fitch Company (ANF): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Abercrombie & Fitch Company ( ANF) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Abercrombie & Fitch Company fell $4.35 (-8.0%) to $50.02 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,345,668 shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,762,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.94-$51.80 after having opened the day at $50.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.37. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 13.6%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), down 12.6%, GameStop ( GME), down 10.8% and Aeropostale ( ARO), down 10.4%.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual apparel for men, women, and kids. It operates through three segments: U.S. Stores, International Stores, and Direct-to-Consumer. Abercrombie & Fitch Company has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Abercrombie & Fitch Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Abercrombie & Fitch Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 positive front, Tsakos Energy Navigation ( TNP), down 18.1%, Infoblox ( BLOX), down 14.5%, Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCAD), down 14.3% and Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), down 14.3% , were all gainers within the services sector with TJX Companies ( TJX) being today's featured services sector leader.

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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