Walgreen Company (WAG): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Walgreen Company ( WAG) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Walgreen Company fell $0.60 (-1.1%) to $55.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,030,782 shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,217,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.16-$55.87 after having opened the day at $55.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.79. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 31.0%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 14.4%, General Employment ( JOB), down 13.3% and Liquidity Service ( LQDT), down 11.5%.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $52.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 49.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

On the positive front, VisionChina Media ( VISN), up 85.3%, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 37.0%, Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 37.0% and Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 34.5% , were all gainers within the services sector with Dunkin Brands Group ( DNKN) 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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