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Whole Foods Market



) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Whole Foods Market rose $1.68 (1.9%) to $88.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,236,647 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,239,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $86.91-$88.98 after having opened the day at $87.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.10. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were:

Caesars Entertainment



), up 27.3%,




), up 24.4%,

Capella Education Company



), up 18.1% and

Excel Maritime Carriers



), up 17.3%.

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Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company offers produce, grocery, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a


. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Mecox Lane



), down 10.7%,




), down 9.4%,

Newlead Holdings



), down 8.8% and

Birks & Mayors



), down 7.9% , were all laggards within the services sector with

Brinker International



) being today's services sector laggard.

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) while those bearish on the services sector could consider

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