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Family Dollar Stores



) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Family Dollar Stores rose 88 cents (1.4%) to $64.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Family Dollar Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.36-$64.64 after having opened the day at $63.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.50. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were:

Zale Corporation



), up 16.2%,

Pandora Media



), up 14.3%,




), up 14%, and

Del Frisco's Restaurant Group



), up 9.6%.

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Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low and middle income consumers in the United States. Family Dollar Stores has a market cap of $7.19 billion and is part of the


industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 17.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Family Dollar Stores a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Family Dollar Stores as a


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

On the negative front,

Digital Domain Media Group



), down 21.2%,

Good Times Restaurants



), down 14.2%,

China Auto Logistics



), down 12.8%, and

Armco Metals Holdings



), down 8.3%, were all laggards within the services sector with

MasterCard Incorporated



) being today's services sector laggard.

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iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services



) while those bearish on the services sector could consider

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