ITT Educational Services Inc ( ESI) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 2%. By the end of trading, ITT Educational Services Inc fell $3.59 (-5.9%) to $57.05 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of ITT Educational Services Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 686,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.18-$60.44 after having opened the day at $59.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.64. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were: Career Education Corporation ( CECO), down 47.8%, ReachLocal Inc ( RLOC), down 28.3%, Seven Arts Entertainment Inc ( SAPX), down 15.5%, and Skywest Incorporated ( SKYW), down 13.5%.

ITT Educational Services, Inc. provides postsecondary degree programs in the United States. ITT Educational Services Inc has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.4, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates ITT Educational Services as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and generally poor debt management.

On the positive front, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 85.1%, Syms Corporation ( SYMS), up 26.7%, Trailer Bridge Inc ( TRBR), up 22.5%, and Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc ( SBGI), up 19.3%, were all gainers within the services sector with McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) 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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