Union Pacific Corp (UNP): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Union Pacific ( UNP) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Union Pacific fell $2.18 (-1.4%) to $157.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,666,163 shares of Union Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,646,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $157.15-$159.13 after having opened the day at $159.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.40. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Lime Energy ( LIME), down 12.0%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 9.7%, Diana Containerships ( DCIX), down 9.5% and YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), down 9.4%.

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. Union Pacific has a market cap of $74.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 27.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Union Pacific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Michael Baker Corporation ( BKR), up 36.5%, General Employment ( JOB), up 35.7%, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), up 17.5% and MWI Veterinary Supply ( MWIV), up 10.9% , were all gainers within the services sector with Saks Incorporated ( SKS) 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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