Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill fell $7.17 (-1.8%) to $401.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 574,603 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 405,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $400.80-$407.99 after having opened the day at $405.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $408.97. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 23.3%, Excel Maritime Carriers ( EXM), down 14.3%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 8.4% and Birner Dental Management Services ( BDMS), down 7.7%.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. As of June 3, 2013, the company operated 1,450 restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 37.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

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

On the positive front, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 21.9%, bebe stores ( BEBE), up 12.2%, YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 10.8% and Addvantage Technologies Group ( AEY), up 10.0% , were all gainers within the services sector with Ross Stores ( ROST) 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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