Walgreen Company (WAG): Today's Featured Services Winner

Walgreen Company ( WAG) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Walgreen Company rose $1.12 (2.5%) to $46.45 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,573,688 shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,842,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.26-$46.70 after having opened the day at $45.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.33. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Era Group ( ERA), up 25.0%, Dolan ( DM), up 24.9%, YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 13.7% and Lee ( LEE), up 12.4%.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $41.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, National Research Corporation ( NRCIB), down 41.7%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 13.9%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 10.9% and Coast Distribution System ( CRV), down 10.0% , were all laggards within the services sector with DISH Network ( DISH) 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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