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Costco Wholesale Corporation

(

COST

) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation rose $1.32 (1.1%) to $125.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,464,257 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,729,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $124.00-$125.35 after having opened the day at $124.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.89. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were:

Eagle Bulk Shipping

(

EGLE

), up 17.1%,

Bon-Ton Stores

(

BONT

), up 14.5%,

NTN Buzztime

(

NTN

), up 10.4% and

Time Warner Cable

(

TWC

), up 10.0%.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $53.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Costco Wholesale Corporation

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Fresh Market

TST Recommends

(

TFM

), down 18.9%,

dELiA*s

(

DLIA

), down 14.9%,

Tile Shop Holdings

(

TTS

), down 12.3% and

Lumber Liquidators Holdings

(

LL

), down 11.8% , were all laggards within the services sector with

L Brands

(

LTD

) 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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