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Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Sears Holdings Corporation fell $1.98 (-4.6%) to $41.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,635,322 shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,978,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.80-$43.49 after having opened the day at $43.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.42. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Weight Watchers International ( WTW), down 27.7%, Chegg ( CHGG), down 22.3%, GNC Holdings ( GNC), down 14.6% and Higher One Holdings ( ONE), down 10.1%.

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 11.6%, Ingram Micro ( IM), up 9.7%, Emmis Communications ( EMMS), up 9.2% and Guangshen Railway Company ( GSH), up 9.0% , were all gainers within the services sector with Sirius XM Holdings ( SIRI) 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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