Tractor Supply (TSCO): Today's Featured Services Winner

Tractor Supply ( TSCO) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Tractor Supply rose $2.01 (1.7%) to $122.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 345,227 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 542,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $120.50-$122.20 after having opened the day at $120.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.16. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Era Group ( ERA), up 25.7%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 23.6%, LightInTheBox Holding Co Ltd ADR ( LITB), up 14.0% and Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), up 12.8%.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 36.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tractor Supply as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, 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 is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), down 9.9%, Chanticleer Holdings ( HOTR), down 9.8%, Entravision Communications Corporation ( EVC), down 8.9% and Pandora Media ( P), down 8.6% , were all laggards within the services sector with Macy's ( M) 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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