McDonald's Corporation

(

MCD

) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.7%. By the end of trading, McDonald's Corporation fell $1.01 (-1.1%) to $87.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $87.53-$89.15 after having opened the day at $89.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.65. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were:

Bed Bath & Beyond

(

BBBY

), down 17%,

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), down 12.3%,

Fortune Brands Home & Security

(

FBHS

), down 9.8%, and

Essex Rental

(

ESSX

), down 9.6%.

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McDonald's Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants primarily in the United States, Europe, the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $91.06 billion and is part of the

leisure

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front,

Eagle Bulk Shipping

(

EGLE

), up 31.2%,

Westinghouse Solar

(

WEST

), up 20.7%,

Pizza Inn Holdings

(

PZZI

), up 20%, and

Teamstaff

(

TSTF

), up 14.6%, were all gainers within the services sector with

Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation

(

LGF

) being today's featured services sector winner.

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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