Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD): Today's Featured Services Laggard

Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Sears Holdings Corporation fell $0.78 (-1.8%) to $42.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 955,342 shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 816,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.64-$43.73 after having opened the day at $43.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.55. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 12.9%, Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), down 9.6%, PokerTek ( PTEK), down 8.3% and Diana Containerships ( DCIX), down 8.2%.

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Destination XL Group ( DXLG), up 70.9%, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), up 64.9%, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMGQ), up 64.9% and Spar Group ( SGRP), up 32.2% , were all gainers within the services sector with J.C. Penney ( JCP) 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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