Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc

(

HOT

) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc fell 64 cents (-1.4%) to $45.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.21-$46.29 after having opened the day at $46.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.94. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were:

AMR

(

AMR

), down 79.2%,

TBS International

(

TBSI

), down 13.5%,

China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

), down 13.4%, and

FreeSeas Inc

(

FREE

), down 13.1%.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a hotel and leisure company worldwide. It primarily operates luxury and upscale full service hotels, resorts, retreats, and residences. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc has a market cap of $8.48 billion and is part of the

leisure

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, above the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 12.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,

Magal Security Systems

(

MAGS

), up 67.2%,

Dex One

(

DEXO

), up 52.4%,

SuperMedia Inc

(

SPMD

), up 11.7%, and

JetBlue Airways Corporation

(

JBLU

), up 10.3%, were all gainers within the services sector with

Target

(

TGT

) 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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