EBay Inc (EBAY): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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eBay ( EBAY) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, eBay fell $0.72 (-1.3%) to $54.91 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,618,295 shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,426,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $54.49-$55.77 after having opened the day at $55.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.63. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Dex Media ( DXM), down 10.9%, Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), down 9.1%, Imax Corporation ( IMAX), down 8.6% and DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 7.7%.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $71.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 33.9%, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 23.6%, Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 23.6% and Inuvo ( INUV), up 12.6% , were all gainers within the services sector with Five Below ( FIVE) 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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