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3 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Lower

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The Services sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Laggards within the Services sector included Starz ( STRZB), down 2.6%, General Employment ( JOB), down 9.4%, Radio One ( ROIA), down 12.8%, Wilhelmina International ( WHLMD), down 1.7% and Wilhelmina International ( WHLM), down 1.7%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the sector lower today:

Copa Holdings ( CPA) is one of the companies that pushed the Services sector lower today. Copa Holdings was down $23.94 (15.9%) to $126.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,653,581 shares of Copa Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 292,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $126.00-$135.65 after having opened the day at $133.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $150.92.

Copa Holdings, S.A. provides airline passenger and cargo services in Latin America. It provides services within Colombia; and international flights from various cities in Colombia to Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Copa Holdings has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Copa Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Copa Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CPA go as follows:

  • The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 49.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.52, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.33, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • COPA HOLDINGS SA has improved earnings per share by 33.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, COPA HOLDINGS SA increased its bottom line by earning $9.63 versus $7.35 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($11.48 versus $9.63).
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Airlines industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, COPA HOLDINGS SA has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Copa Holdings Ratings Report

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