J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT): Today's Featured Services Loser

J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, J.B. Hunt Transport Services fell $3.18 (-5.5%) to $55.15 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6.1 million shares of J.B. Hunt Transport Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 836,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.32-$56.25 after having opened the day at $55.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.33. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were: Lime Energy ( LIME), down 44.8%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 34.3%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 20.5%, and Fortune Industries ( FFI), down 11.8%.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides transportation and delivery services in the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. J.B. Hunt Transport Services has a market cap of $6.92 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.9, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate J.B. Hunt Transport Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.B. Hunt Transport Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), up 38.2%, Digital Generation ( DGIT), up 22.8%, Westinghouse Solar ( WEST), up 22.1%, and Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 17.1%, were all gainers within the services sector with Time Warner ( TWX) 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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