Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Dick's Sporting Goods rose $0.59 (1.2%) to $50.58 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,597,270 shares of Dick's Sporting Goods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,214,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.90-$50.97 after having opened the day at $49.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.99. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 25.9%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 14.1%, Lime Energy ( LIME), up 10.3% and Acorn International ( ATV), up 9.9%.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. operates as a sports and fitness retailer primarily in the Eastern United States. The company provides hardlines, including sporting goods equipment, fitness equipment, golf equipment, and hunting and fishing gear products; apparel; and footwear products. Dick's Sporting Goods has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Dick's Sporting Goods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dick's Sporting Goods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 14.5%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 14.5%, CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), down 12.3% and YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), down 11.2% , were all laggards within the services sector with Liberty Global ( LBTYA) 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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