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

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Abercrombie & Fitch Company (ANF) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Abercrombie & Fitch Company fell $0.38 (-1.1%) to $34.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,280,664 shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,015,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.64-$35.85 after having opened the day at $35.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.31. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: DLH Holdings (DLHC), down 12.8%, Rada Electronics Industries (RADA), down 9.3%, Hudson Technology (HDSN), down 6.8% and FreeSeas (FREE), down 6.6%.

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 $2.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Abercrombie & Fitch Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 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 reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Point.360 (PTSX), up 21.8%, Newlead Holdings (NEWL), up 15.0%, Ingles Markets (IMKTA), up 11.6% and Cumulus Media (CMLS), up 8.1% , were all gainers within the services sector with MasterCard Incorporated (MA) 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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