Sysco Corporation (SYY): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Sysco Corporation ( SYY) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Sysco Corporation fell 56 cents (-1.8%) to $30.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.6 million shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.45-$30.88 after having opened the day at $30.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.34. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: School Specialty ( SCHS), down 10.3%, iParty Corporation ( IPT), down 9.8%, Corinthian Colleges ( COCO), down 9.5%, and Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), down 8.2%.
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Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and distribution of a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. Sysco Corporation has a market cap of $18.53 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Sysco Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sysco Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Overseas Shipholding Group ( OSG), up 18.7%, Charm Communications ( CHRM), up 15.6%, HHGregg Incorporated ( HGG), up 11.8%, and Cache ( CACH), up 10.7%, were all gainers within the services sector with Macy's ( M) 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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