Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Wal-Mart Stores fell $1.10 (-1.4%) to $74.65 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 14,915,480 shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,643,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.56-$75.94 after having opened the day at $75.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.75. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 15.0%, Corporate Resource Services ( CRRS), down 14.0%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 12.9% and AAR Corporation ( AIR), down 9.2%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $248.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), up 19.6%, FreeSeas ( FREE), up 18.0%, Envoy Capital Group ( ECGI), up 16.5% and Ascena Retail Group ( ASNA), up 15.8% , were all gainers within the services sector with Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) 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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