Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN): Today's Featured Services Winner

Urban Outfitters ( URBN) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Urban Outfitters rose $1.27 (4.4%) to $30.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of Urban Outfitters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.61-$30.13 after having opened the day at $28.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.83. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Emmis Communications ( EMMS), up 24.8%, Charming Shoppes ( CHRS), up 23.9%, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), up 22.8%, and Papa John's International ( PZZA), up 19.9%.

Urban Outfitters Inc. operates lifestyle specialty retail stores under the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN brand names in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Urban Outfitters has a market cap of $4.19 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Urban Outfitters a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Urban Outfitters as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Opentable ( OPEN), down 15%, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 13.3%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 10.4%, and Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), down 8.9%, were all losers within the services sector with Best Buy ( BBY) being today's services sector loser.

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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