US Airways Group Inc (LCC): Today's Featured Services Loser

US Airways Group ( LCC) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, US Airways Group fell 65 cents (-4.6%) to $13.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.2 million shares of US Airways Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.20-$14.20 after having opened the day at $14.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.07. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were: New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 35.2%, Books-A-Million ( BAMM), down 21.1%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 16.2%, and Harte-Hanks ( HHS), down 16.1%.

US Airways Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. US Airways Group has a market cap of $2.35 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 11.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 177.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate US Airways Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Airways Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), up 24.3%, American Reprographics Company ( ARP), up 15.4%, Inuvo ( INUV), up 14.5%, and Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), up 12.8%, were all gainers within the services sector with Tyco International ( TYC) 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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