Comcast

(

CMCSK

) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Comcast rose 27 cents (0.8%) to $31.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Comcast exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.67-$32.15 after having opened the day at $31.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.66. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were:

Inuvo

(

INUV

), up 16.7%,

DineEquity

(

DIN

), up 15.4%,

RadioShack

(

RSH

), up 14.6%, and

Arkansas Best Corporation

(

ABFS

), up 11.8%.

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Comcast Corporation provides entertainment, information, and communications products and services in the United States and internationally. The company's Cable Communications segment offers video, high-speed Internet, and voice services to residential and business customers. Comcast has a market cap of $18.29 billion and is part of the

media

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

RealD

(

RLD

), down 23%,

LodgeNet Interactive Corporation

(

LNET

), down 15.5%,

Westinghouse Solar

(

WEST

), down 15.4%, and

Oxygen Biotherapeutics

(

OXBT

), down 15.1%, were all laggards within the services sector with

Dollar Tree Stores

(

DLTR

) being today's services sector laggard.

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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