Directv (DTV): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Directv ( DTV) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Directv fell $1.12 (-1.8%) to $62.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,985,127 shares of Directv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,700,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.23-$63.28 after having opened the day at $62.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.41. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: General Employment ( JOB), down 27.4%, WidePoint Corporation ( WYY), down 14.7%, Pandora Media ( P), down 10.1% and DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 9.5%.

DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The company engages in acquiring, promoting, selling, and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. Directv has a market cap of $34.7 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 26.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Directv a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Directv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 15.6%, Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), up 14.0%, Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), up 11.3% and Chefs Warehouse Holdings ( CHEF), up 8.8% , were all gainers within the services sector with Darden Restaurants ( DRI) 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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