Expedia Inc. (EXPE): Today's Featured Services Winner

Expedia ( EXPE) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Expedia rose $2.52 (5.3%) to $50.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Expedia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.31-$50.23 after having opened the day at $47.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.53. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), up 35%, Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), up 18.8%, Phoenix New Media ( FENG), up 18.1%, and China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 17.8%.

Expedia, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Expedia has a market cap of $5.42 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, above the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 15.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Expedia a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expedia as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, ATA ( ATAI), down 26.9%, Charm Communications ( CHRM), down 23%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 20%, and Acorn International ( ATV), down 17.6%, were all losers within the services sector with Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) 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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