United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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United Continental Holdings ( UAL) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, United Continental Holdings fell $0.76 (-2.1%) to $34.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,742,236 shares of United Continental Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,588,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.72-$35.75 after having opened the day at $35.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.65. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: 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%.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates in six continents from its hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. United Continental Holdings has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 52.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate United Continental Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Continental Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the services sector with Whole Foods Market ( WFM) 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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