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Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (LL): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Lumber Liquidators Holdings (LL) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Lumber Liquidators Holdings fell $1.38 (-1.4%) to $100.89 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,490,500 shares of Lumber Liquidators Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 841,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $99.01-$103.22 after having opened the day at $102.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.27. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: China HGS Real Estate (HGSH), down 19.8%, Ku6 Media (KUTV), down 15.1%, InfoSonics Corporation (IFON), down 12.3% and China Auto Logistics (CALI), down 11.4%.

Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of hardwood flooring, and hardwood flooring enhancements and accessories. Lumber Liquidators Holdings has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 93.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Lumber Liquidators Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lumber Liquidators Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV), up 16.6%, Swisher Hygiene (SWSH), up 14.5%, U.S. Auto Parts Network (PRTS), up 14.2% and Gordman's Stores (GMAN), up 12.6% , were all gainers within the services sector with United Rentals (URI) 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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