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United Continental Holdings

(

UAL

) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings fell 50 cents (-2.6%) to $18.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.7 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.47-$18.98 after having opened the day at $18.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.02. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were:

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), down 14.5%,

FreeSeas

(

FREE

), down 14.1%,

SinoHub

(

SIHI

), down 13.9%, and

American Learning

(

ALRN

), down 10.5%.

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United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of passenger and cargo air transportation services. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the

transportation

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 21.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,

China Auto Logistics

(

CALI

), up 17.4%,

Luna Innovations

(

LUNA

), up 12.9%,

Frozen Food Express Industries

(

FFEX

), up 12.2%, and

Net one Ueps Technologies

(

UEPS

), up 11.8%, were all gainers within the services sector with

J.C. Penney

(

JCP

) being today's featured services sector leader.

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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