The

services

sector closed the day up 1.3%.

Media General Inc

(

MEG

),

Entravision Communications Corporation

(

EVC

),

Birks & Mayors Inc

(

BMJ

), and

Panera Bread Company Inc

(

PNRA

) were all winners today within the services sector with

Home Depot Inc

(

HD

) being today's featured services winner. Home Depot Inc rose 51 cents (1.4%) to $36.55 on light volume. Throughout the day, 11.2 million shares of Home Depot Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.3 million shares.

The Home Depot Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. The company's stores sell a range of building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (D-I-F-M), and professional customers. Home Depot Inc has a market cap of $57.6 billion and is part of the

retail

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.5, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a

buy

. 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Bidz.com Inc

(

BIDZ

),

Trailer Bridge Inc

(

TRBR

),

Amazon.com Inc

(

AMZN

), and

RadioShack

(

RSH

) were all losers within the services sector with

DeVry Inc

(

DV

) being today's services sector Loser Spotlight stock.

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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