Macy's Inc (M): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Macy's ( M) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Macy's fell 42 cents (-1.1%) to $39.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.35-$39.83 after having opened the day at $39.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.96. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Weight Watchers International ( WTW), down 17%, Strayer Education ( STRA), down 16.4%, Stamps.com ( STMP), down 14.6%, and Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 11.8%.
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Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Its retail stores and Internet Web sites sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Macy's has a market cap of $15.85 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Frozen Food Express Industries ( FFEX), up 22.1%, Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), up 16.7%, EnerNOC ( ENOC), up 16.5%, and NTN Buzztime ( NTN), up 14.5%, were all gainers within the services sector with Family Dollar Stores ( FDO) 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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