Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. (PLCE): Today's Featured Services Winner

Children's Place Retail Stores ( PLCE) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 2.2%. By the end of trading, Children's Place Retail Stores rose $2.56 (5.8%) to $47.09 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Children's Place Retail Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 683,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.79-$49.76 after having opened the day at $45.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.53. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Media General ( MEG), up 33.1%, China Yida ( CNYD), up 18.8%, Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), up 17.5%, and UTEK ( INV), up 16.3%.

The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. operates as a children's specialty apparel retailer in North America. It provides apparel, accessories, and shoes for children from newborn to 10 years of age. Children's Place Retail Stores has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Children's Place Retail Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Children's Place Retail Stores 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 17.7%, Advance Auto Parts ( AAP), down 17%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 16.1%, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers ( RRGB), down 14.6%, were all losers within the services sector with Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) 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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