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US Airways Group Inc (LCC): Today's Featured Services Laggard

US Airways Group (LCC) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, US Airways Group fell $0.29 (-1.8%) to $16.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,587,403 shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,100,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.17-$16.64 after having opened the day at $16.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.46. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Mistras Group (MG), down 16.5%, Bluelinx Holdings (BXC), down 10.7%, InfoSonics Corporation (IFON), down 10.4% and Apollo Group (APOL), down 10.3%.

US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate US Airways Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Airways Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Media General (MEG), up 11.5%, Cambium Learning Group (ABCD), up 11.3%, National Research Corporation (NRCIB), up 11.1% and RLJ Entertainment (RLJE), up 9.2% , were all gainers within the services sector with McDonald's Corporation (MCD) 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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