Sirius XM Radio Inc. (SIRI): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Sirius XM Radio rose 8 cents (3%) to $2.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 64.1 million shares of Sirius XM Radio exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 70.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.69-$2.78 after having opened the day at $2.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.67. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), up 32.5%, Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), up 20%, Digital Generation ( DGIT), up 17.9%, and Bidz.com ( BIDZ), up 17.3%.
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Sirius XM Radio Inc. provides satellite radio services in the United States and Canada. The company broadcasts approximately 135 channels, including music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic, and weather channels on subscription fee basis through two satellite radio systems. Sirius XM Radio has a market cap of $14.27 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Sirius XM Radio a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sirius XM Radio as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, American Learning ( ALRN), down 22.5%, Overseas Shipholding Group ( OSG), down 22.2%, Roundys ( RNDY), down 21.4%, and Information Services Group ( III), down 18.1%, were all laggards within the services sector with Dollar General Corporation ( DG) 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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