SUPERVALU Inc (SVU): Services' Featured Stock Of The Day

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SUPERVALU ( SVU) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, SUPERVALU rose 49 cents (11.7%) to $4.68 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19.8 million shares of SUPERVALU exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.16-$4.86 after having opened the day at $4.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.19. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), up 27.7%, Daegis ( DAEG), up 17.7%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 10.3%, and Navarre Corporation ( NAVR), up 9%.
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SUPERVALU INC., together with its subsidiaries, operates retail and wholesale food stores in the United States. SUPERVALU has a market cap of $937.1 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 70.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates SUPERVALU a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SUPERVALU as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Acquity Group Ltd ADR ( AQ), down 15.1%, Fortune Industries ( FFI), down 14.8%, Scholastic Corporation ( SCHL), down 13.9%, and Dex One ( DEXO), down 11.8%, were all laggards within the services sector with Directv ( DTV) 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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