Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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Omnicom Group

(

OMC

) 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, Omnicom Group rose 57 cents (1.1%) to $51.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 961,615 shares of Omnicom Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.90-$51.63 after having opened the day at $51.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.80. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were:

Lentuo International

(

LAS

), up 29.6%,

Emmis Communications

(

EMMS

), up 24.4%,

Seanergy Maritime Holdings

(

SHIP

), up 14.3%, and

SearchMedia Holdings

(

IDI

), up 12.9%.

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Omnicom Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides advertising, marketing, and corporate communications services in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Omnicom Group has a market cap of $13.63 billion and is part of the

media

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the average media industry P/E ratio of 15 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Omnicom Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omnicom Group 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Seven Arts Entertainment

(

SAPX

), down 15.1%,

Gordman's Stores

(

GMAN

), down 14.9%,

JTH Holding Inc Class A

(

TAX

), down 13.8%, and

Mecox Lane

(

MCOX

), down 12%, were all laggards within the services sector with

Ctrip.com International

(

CTRP

) 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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