Foot Locker Inc (FL): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Foot Locker ( FL) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Foot Locker rose 89 cents (2.6%) to $35.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Foot Locker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.46-$35.55 after having opened the day at $34.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.57. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Lentuo International ( LAS), up 24.7%, Daegis ( DAEG), up 17.5%, Learning Tree International ( LTRE), up 12.6%, and Point.360 ( PTSX), up 12%.

Foot Locker, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel. The company operates in two segments, Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. Foot Locker has a market cap of $5.24 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 11.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Foot Locker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Foot Locker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), down 31.9%, Seven Arts Entertainment ( SAPX), down 28.6%, Charm Communications ( CHRM), down 17.8%, and China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 14.2%, were all laggards within the services sector with Yum Brands ( YUM) being today's services sector laggard.

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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