United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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United Continental Holdings ( UAL) 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, United Continental Holdings fell 70 cents (-2.8%) to $24.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.8 million shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.54-$25.50 after having opened the day at $25.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.50. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Liberty Media Corporation ( LMCA), down 85.3%, Starz ( STRZA), down 85.3%, School Specialty ( SCHS), down 79.9%, and DS Torm ( TRMD), down 17.3%.
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United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of passenger and cargo air transportation services. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $8.49 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, Furiex Pharmaceuticals ( FURX), up 66.4%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), up 41.2%, FreeSeas ( FREE), up 35.7%, and Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), up 33%, were all gainers within the services sector with Marriott International ( MAR) 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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