Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (CP): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Canadian Pacific Railway ( CP) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Canadian Pacific Railway rose $2.09 (1.8%) to $115.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 543,250 shares of Canadian Pacific Railway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 850,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $113.08-$115.75 after having opened the day at $113.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.42. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Starz ( STRZB), up 12.8%, Liberty Capital ( LCPBD), up 12.8%, Innovaro ( INV), up 11.8%, and Radio One Inc. Class D ( ROIAK), up 10.8%.
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Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a transcontinental railway providing freight transportation services, logistics solutions, and supply chain expertise in Canada and the United States. Canadian Pacific Railway has a market cap of $19.66 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Canadian Pacific Railway a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Pacific Railway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, iParty Corporation ( IPT), down 12.5%, General Employment ( JOB), down 11.3%, Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), down 9.5%, and Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), down 8.1%, were all laggards within the services sector with Limited Brands ( LTD) 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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