Williams-Sonoma Inc. (WSM): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Williams-Sonoma ( WSM) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Williams-Sonoma rose $1.48 (2.5%) to $60.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,186,825 shares of Williams-Sonoma exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 864,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.94-$60.67 after having opened the day at $58.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.74. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 14.1%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 12.9%, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 11.4% and Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 11.4%.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. operates as a multi-channel specialty retailer of home products. It operates in two segments, Direct-to-Customer and Retail. Williams-Sonoma has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 34.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Williams-Sonoma a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams-Sonoma as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, China Yida ( CNYD), down 13.0%, TOP Ships ( TOPS), down 9.0%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 8.6% and Harris Interactive ( HPOL), down 8.5% , were all laggards within the services sector with Macy's ( M) 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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