Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Family Dollar Stores ( FDO) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Family Dollar Stores fell 92 cents (-1.4%) to $65.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Family Dollar Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.18-$66.28 after having opened the day at $66.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.30. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Tyco International ( TYC), down 49.3%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 23%, DS Torm ( TRMD), down 15.9%, and Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), down 13.3%.
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Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low and middle income consumers in the United States. Family Dollar Stores has a market cap of $7.65 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 18.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Family Dollar Stores a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Family Dollar Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 21.9%, Versar ( VSR), up 14.9%, Spar Group ( SGRP), up 14.5%, and MoneyGram International ( MGI), up 13.9%, were all gainers within the services sector with J.C. Penney ( JCP) 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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