Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Whole Foods Market ( WFM) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Whole Foods Market rose $0.88 (1.6%) to $55.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,453,257 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,189,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.83-$56.08 after having opened the day at $55.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.85. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 69.3%, Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 32.3%, Era Group ( ERA), up 24.8% and Spanish Broadcasting System ( SBSA), up 15.6%.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company offers produce, grocery, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $20.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 21.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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, Universal Power Group ( UPG), down 15.1%, E.W. Scripps Company ( SSP), down 10.9%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 10.4% and China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 9.6% , were all laggards within the services sector with United Continental Holdings ( UAL) 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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