TJX Companies

(

TJX

) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, TJX Companies rose 24 cents (0.6%) to $40.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.6 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.23-$40.97 after having opened the day at $40.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.33. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were:

Genetic Technologies

(

GENE

), up 65.6%,

Edgar Online

(

EDGR

), up 50%,

Benihana

(

BNHN

), up 21.2%, and

Sino-Global Shipping America

(

SINO

), up 19.5%.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. TJX Companies has a market cap of $30.36 billion and is part of the

retail

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Express

(

EXPR

), down 27.4%,

Willdan Group

(

WLDN

), down 11.8%,

Spar Group

(

SGRP

), down 11.5%, and

Good Times Restaurants

(

GTIM

), down 11.2%, were all losers within the services sector with

Time Warner Cable

(

TWC

) being today's services sector loser.

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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