Tiffany

(

TIF

) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Tiffany fell $1.27 (-2.2%) to $56.32 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.7 million shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.25-$57.56 after having opened the day at $57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.59. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were:

Talbots

(

TLB

), down 41%,

Genetic Technologies

(

GENE

), down 16.3%,

China HGS Real Estate

(

HGSH

), down 10.3%, and

Dex One

(

DEXO

), down 8.6%.

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retail of fine jewelry worldwide. Tiffany has a market cap of $7.76 billion and is part of the

specialty retail

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Spar Group

(

SGRP

), up 13%,

Lentuo International

(

LAS

), up 12.6%,

Career Education Corporation

(

CECO

), up 11.4%, and

Corinthian Colleges

(

COCO

), up 10.2%, 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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