Dollar Tree Stores Inc. (DLTR): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Dollar Tree Stores fell $0.60 (-1.1%) to $53.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,615,353 shares of Dollar Tree Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,585,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.11-$54.24 after having opened the day at $54.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.90. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: BioScrip ( BIOS), down 18.5%, Cenveo ( CVO), down 13.5%, Global Partners ( GLP), down 11.9% and QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 11.9%.

Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount variety stores in the United States and Canada. Its stores offer merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. Dollar Tree Stores has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 32.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar Tree Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar Tree Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, notable return on equity 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 positive front, Orbitz Worldwide ( OWW), up 36.7%, Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 31.6%, Era Group ( ERA), up 28.4% and WageWorks ( WAGE), up 19.1% , were all gainers within the services sector with Gap ( GPS) 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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