Services Sector Underperformer Of The Day: CBS Corporation (CBS)

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CBS Corporation ( CBS) 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, CBS Corporation fell 56 cents (-1.2%) to $45.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.6 million shares of CBS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.29-$46.30 after having opened the day at $46.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.98. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 14.2%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), down 10.9%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), down 9.7%, and FreeSeas ( FREE), down 8.9%.
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CBS Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $27.14 billion and is part of the media industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate CBS Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 11.1%, Euroseas ( ESEA), up 10.5%, StarTek ( SRT), up 9.7%, and Fortune Industries ( FFI), up 9.3%, were all gainers within the services sector with Yum Brands ( YUM) 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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