Vipshop Holdings Ltd (VIPS): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) 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, Vipshop Holdings fell $1.82 (-3.7%) to $47.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 938,106 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 702,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $46.29-$49.59 after having opened the day at $49.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.14. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), down 15.4%, Rada Electronics Industries ( RADA), down 9.2%, Saga Communications ( SGA), down 9.0% and Lentuo International ( LAS), down 8.0%.

Vipshop Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online discount retailer for various brands in the People's Republic of China. Vipshop Holdings has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 175.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 33.6%, Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), up 17.8%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), up 17.3% and SmartPros ( SPRO), up 14.8% , were all gainers within the services sector with CSX ( CSX) 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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