J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT): Services' Featured Daily Laggard

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, J.B. Hunt Transport Services fell $2.21 (-3%) to $72.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of J.B. Hunt Transport Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 805,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.50-$73.09 after having opened the day at $72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.22. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Orchard Supply Hardware ( OSH), down 46%, DS Torm ( TRMD), down 20.3%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 7.8%, and P.A.M. Transportation ( PTSI), down 7.5%.
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J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides transportation and delivery services in the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. J.B. Hunt Transport Services has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate J.B. Hunt Transport Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.B. Hunt Transport Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, 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 shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Era Group ( ERA), up 22.2%, Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI), up 16.5%, Spanish Broadcasting System ( SBSA), up 15.4%, and Dex One ( DEXO), up 15%, were all gainers within the services sector with Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) 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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