Sears Holdings Corporation

(

SHLD

) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 3.3%. By the end of trading, Sears Holdings Corporation fell 57 cents (-1%) to $57.83 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 642,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.79-$61.73 after having opened the day at $60.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.40. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were:

Rainmaker Systems Inc

(

RMKR

), down 26.8%,

Innotrac Corporation

(

INOC

), down 15.7%,

EnviroStar Inc

(

EVI

), down 14.7%, and

Granite City Food & Brewery

(

GCFB

), down 14%.

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels, as well as Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $6.65 billion and is part of the

retail

industry. Shares are down 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

Dex One

(

DEXO

), up 32.4%,

Seven Arts Entertainment Inc

(

SAPX

), up 31.3%,

Luna Innovations Inc

(

LUNA

), up 26.4%, and

Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc

(

INFI

), up 20.8%, were all gainers within the services sector with

eBay Inc

(

EBAY

) 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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