Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Bed Bath & Beyond fell $1.05 (-1.8%) to $57.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Bed Bath & Beyond exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.39-$58.85 after having opened the day at $58.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.74. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: FreeSeas ( FREE), down 16.7%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 15.7%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 12.6%, and General Employment ( JOB), down 11.5%.
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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail stores. Bed Bath & Beyond has a market cap of $13.32 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Bed Bath & Beyond a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bed Bath & Beyond as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Millennial Media ( MM), up 14%, Innovaro ( INV), up 11.1%, Planet Payment ( PLPM), up 10.5%, and Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), up 9.8%, were all gainers within the services sector with Best Buy ( BBY) being today's featured services sector leader.

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