Macy's Inc (M): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Macy's ( M) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Macy's rose $0.60 (1.1%) to $53.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,057,078 shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,288,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.91-$53.64 after having opened the day at $53.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.94. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), up 31.4%, Document Security Systems ( DSS), up 30.6%, BioScrip ( BIOS), up 17.3% and Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), up 17.0%.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, 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 negative front, Infoblox ( BLOX), down 28.6%, Tilly's ( TLYS), down 24.4%, InterCloud Systems ( ICLD), down 12.3% and Lentuo International ( LAS), down 7.3% , were all laggards within the services sector with Gap ( GPS) being today's services sector laggard.

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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