Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Sears Holdings Corporation fell $4.14 (-6.7%) to $57.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 939,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.18-$61.54 after having opened the day at $61.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.60. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: XPO Logistics ( XPO), down 17.4%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 13.9%, ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), down 13.6%, and Innovaro ( INV), down 13%.
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Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $6.49 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 91.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Fortune Industries ( FFI), up 50.6%, Cleveland BioLabs ( CBLI), up 17.8%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 10.5%, and Millennial Media ( MM), up 7%, were all gainers within the services sector with O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) 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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