Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Urban Outfitters ( URBN) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Urban Outfitters fell $4.36 (-10.2%) to $38.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 14,066,449 shares of Urban Outfitters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,650,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.83-$39.70 after having opened the day at $39.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.71. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: FreeSeas ( FREE), down 13.3%, HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), down 11.2%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 10.9% and Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), down 9.1%.

Urban Outfitters, Inc. engages in the retail and wholesale of general consumer products in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Wholesale. The company operates retail stores under the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN brands. Urban Outfitters has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Urban Outfitters a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Urban Outfitters 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 notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 17.8%, Five Below ( FIVE), up 17.2%, Xueda Education Group ( XUE), up 14.0% and MTR Gaming Group ( MNTG), up 13.6% , were all gainers within the services sector with MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) 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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