Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): Today's Featured Services Loser

Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation fell 51 cents (-0.6%) to $82.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $81.98-$83.32 after having opened the day at $83.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.15. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were: Carrols Restaurant Group ( TAST), down 70.6%, Peoples Educational Holdings ( PEDH), down 31.9%, Furmanite Corporation ( FRM), down 25%, and Millennial Media ( MM), down 14.6%.

Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $36.19 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 24.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, SuperMedia ( SPMD), up 32.2%, Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI), up 15.3%, Quality Distribution ( QLTY), up 13%, and Grand Canyon Education ( LOPE), up 12.2%, were all gainers within the services sector with GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC) 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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