Cardinal Health Inc (CAH): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Cardinal Health ( CAH) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Cardinal Health rose $1.39 (2.8%) to $51.06 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,192,649 shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,594,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.68-$51.09 after having opened the day at $49.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.67. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: SPS Commerce ( SPSC), up 16.0%, Constant Contact ( CTCT), up 9.7%, Tiger Media ( IDI), up 8.7% and Compx International ( CIX), up 8.1%.

Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $17.0 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Expedia ( EXPE), down 27.4%, General Employment ( JOB), down 15.4%, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMGQ), down 13.7% and Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), down 13.7% , were all laggards within the services sector with Zillow ( Z) 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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