The services sector closed the day down 1.6%. Seven Arts Entertainment Inc ( SAPX), Dex One ( DEXO), Princeton Review Inc ( REVU), and PokerTek Inc ( PTEK) were all winners today within the services sector with Wal-Mart Stores Inc ( WMT) being today's featured services winner. Wal-Mart Stores Inc rose 95 cents (1.8%) to $53.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13.8 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.5 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company's Walmart U.S. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has a market cap of $182.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 11.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Private Media Group Inc ( PRVT), Covenant Transportation Group Inc ( CVTI), Essex Rental ( ESSX), and B&H Ocean Carriers ( BHO) were all losers within the services sector with Grupo Televisa ( TV) 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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