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

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CH Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW) 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, CH Robinson Worldwide rose 95 cents (1.6%) to $58.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of CH Robinson Worldwide exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.02-$58.57 after having opened the day at $57.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.62. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: LML Payment Systems ( LMLP), up 81.8%, Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), up 21.9%, Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limite ( LPH), up 21.5%, and Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 19.4%.
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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 $9.29 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, equal to the average transportation industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate CH Robinson Worldwide a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 20 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, good cash flow from operations 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 negative front, Fortune Industries ( FFI), down 18.8%, Daegis ( DAEG), down 16.2%, Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), down 12.7%, and Dial Global ( DIAL), down 11.8%, were all laggards within the services sector with Kohl's ( KSS) 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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