Delta Air Lines

(

DAL

) 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, Delta Air Lines rose 51 cents (4.8%) to $11.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19.1 million shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.88-$11.54 after having opened the day at $10.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.74. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were:

Genetic Technologies

(

GENE

), up 62.7%,

Swisher Hygiene

(

SWSH

), up 21.4%,

Dex One

(

DEXO

), up 20.8%, and

SuperMedia

(

SPMD

), up 15.2%.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. The company operates at airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $8.96 billion and is part of the

transportation

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, above the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 6.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

SinoHub

(

SIHI

), down 16.3%,

LodgeNet Interactive Corporation

(

LNET

), down 15.7%,

Charm Communications

(

CHRM

), down 13.2%, and

Learning Tree International

(

LTRE

), down 13%, were all losers within the services sector with

Las Vegas Sands

(

LVS

) being today's services sector loser.

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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