SFN Group Inc. (SFN): Today's Featured Services Laggard

SFN Group ( SFN) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, SFN Group fell $0.35 (-1.4%) to $25.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,692 shares of SFN Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,683,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.58-$25.99 after having opened the day at $25.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.00. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMGQ), down 26.7%, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), down 26.7%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 10.2% and China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 8.3%.

SFN Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a strategic workforce solutions provider in the United States and Canada. It offers professional and staffing services, which include temporary staffing, outsourcing and other, and permanent placement services. SFN Group has a market cap of $686.9 million and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 43.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate SFN Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SFN Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 32.3%, General Employment ( JOB), up 30.4%, Era Group ( ERA), up 22.2% and Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), up 18.7% , were all gainers within the services sector with Lowe's Companies ( LOW) 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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