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

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US Airways Group ( LCC) 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, US Airways Group fell $2.46 (-13.1%) to $16.36 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 78,252,993 shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,478,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.29-$18.95 after having opened the day at $18.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.82. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: China Yida ( CNYD), down 17.6%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 14.5%, Rada Electronics Industries ( RADA), down 14.4% and Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), down 13.1%.

US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 37.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Destination XL Group ( DXLG), up 62.7%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 42.5%, Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 31.0% and Digital Generation ( DGIT), up 22.2% , were all gainers within the services sector with Magna International ( MGA) 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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