CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. (CHRW): Today's Featured Services Laggard

CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, CH Robinson Worldwide fell $4.02 (-7.2%) to $52.23 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6.5 million shares of CH Robinson Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.81-$54.19 after having opened the day at $54.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.25. Other company's within the Services sector that declined today were: RadioShack ( RSH), down 28.8%, Netflix ( NFLX), down 25%, American Learning ( ALRN), down 17.7%, and LodgeNet Interactive Corporation ( LNET), down 16.1%.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., a third-party logistics company, provides freight transportation services and logistics solutions to companies in various industries worldwide. CH Robinson Worldwide has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate CH Robinson Worldwide a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CH Robinson Worldwide 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), up 26.8%, Frozen Food Express Industries ( FFEX), up 25.2%, Zale Corporation ( ZLC), up 23%, and DLH Holdings ( DLHC), up 18.4%, were all gainers within the services sector with Gap ( GPS) being today's featured services sector leader.

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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