Priceline.com Inc. (PCLN): Today's Featured Services Winner

The services sector closed the day up 2.2%. YRC Worldwide Inc ( YRCW), Vitran Corporation Inc ( VTNC), General Maritime Corporation ( GMR), and China Armco Metals Inc ( CNAM) were all winners today within the services sector with Priceline.com Inc ( PCLN) being today's featured services winner. Priceline.com Inc rose $22.95 (5.2%) to $468.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Priceline.com Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares.

priceline.com Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company. Priceline.com Inc has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.5, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Priceline.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Horizon Lines Inc ( HRZ), QKL Stores Inc ( QKLS), Wet Seal Inc ( WTSLA), and Ambow Education ( AMBO) were all losers within the services sector with United Continental Holdings Inc ( UAL) being today's services sector Loser Spotlight stock.

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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