Expeditors International Of Washington Inc (EXPD): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Expeditors International of Washington rose 56 cents (1.5%) to $38.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Expeditors International of Washington exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.91-$38.48 after having opened the day at $38.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.78. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 22.8%, FreeSeas ( FREE), up 22.1%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 15.3%, and NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 12.4%.

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. provides logistics services in the United States and internationally. Expeditors International of Washington has a market cap of $7.81 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Expeditors International of Washington a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Expeditors International of Washington as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Titan Machinery ( TITN), down 23.5%, CIBT Education Group ( MBA), down 21.7%, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation ( LNET), down 10.5%, and Digital Cinema Destinations ( DCIN), down 9.3%, were all laggards within the services sector with Macy's ( M) 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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