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) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, AutoZone fell $4.08 (-1.1%) to $379.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 485,326 shares of AutoZone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 546,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $377.74-$382.70 after having opened the day at $381.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $383.86. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were:




), down 18.6%,

Liquidity Service



), down 13.5%,

Rada Electronics Industries



), down 12.9%, and




), down 12%.

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AutoZone, Inc. engages in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone has a market cap of $14.12 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate AutoZone a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoZone as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,

China HGS Real Estate



), up 50%,




), up 29.5%,




), up 28.8%, and

Amrep Corporation



), up 21.7%, were all gainers within the services sector with

FedEx Corporation



) being today's featured services sector leader.

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iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services



) while those bearish on the services sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers




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