United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL): Today's Featured Services Loser

The services sector closed the day up 2.2%. Horizon Lines Inc ( HRZ), QKL Stores Inc ( QKLS), Wet Seal Inc ( WTSLA), and Ambow Education ( AMBO) were all decliners today within the services sector with United Continental Holdings Inc ( UAL) being today's featured services loser. United Continental Holdings Inc fell 52 cents (-2.7%) to $19.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of United Continental Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of passenger and cargo air transportation services. United Continental Holdings Inc has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 22.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, YRC Worldwide Inc ( YRCW), Vitran Corporation Inc ( VTNC), General Maritime Corporation ( GMR), and China Armco Metals Inc ( CNAM) were all gainers within the services sector with Priceline.com Inc ( PCLN) 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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