Walt Disney Co (DIS): Today's Featured Services Laggard

Walt Disney ( DIS) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Walt Disney fell $1.05 (-1.6%) to $65.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,386,787 shares of Walt Disney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,155,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.89-$67.36 after having opened the day at $67.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.98. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), down 13.4%, Dex Media ( DXM), down 8.0%, VSE Corporation ( VSEC), down 7.6% and Globus Maritime ( GLBS), down 5.9%.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. Walt Disney has a market cap of $119.9 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 33.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Walt Disney a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Era Group ( ERA), up 25.9%, Frozen Food Express Industries ( FFEX), up 21.2%, Arden Group ( ARDNA), up 16.9% and XPO Logistics ( XPO), up 14.8% , were all gainers within the services sector with MGM Resorts International ( MGM) 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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