Ctrip.com International Ltd. (CTRP): Today's Featured Services Loser

Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Ctrip.com International fell 73 cents (-3.4%) to $20.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Ctrip.com International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.90-$21.79 after having opened the day at $21.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.67. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were: Pep Boys - Manny Moe & Jack ( PBY), down 22.2%, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 14.6%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 12.9%, and QuinStreet ( QNST), down 12.8%.

Ctrip.com International, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides travel services for hotel accommodations, airline tickets, and packaged tours in the People's Republic of China. Ctrip.com International has a market cap of $3.11 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Ctrip.com International a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ctrip.com International as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, Peoples Educational Holdings ( PEDH), up 57.1%, P.F. Chang's China Bistro ( PFCB), up 29.7%, Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), up 22.4%, and Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 19.1%, were all gainers within the services sector with FedEx Corporation ( FDX) 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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