L Brands Inc (LTD): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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L Brands ( LTD) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, L Brands fell $1.25 (-2.0%) to $62.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,546,033 shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,956,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $61.98-$63.67 after having opened the day at $63.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.34. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Cosi ( COSI), down 11.9%, Village Super Market ( VLGEA), down 8.0%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 7.5% and Chegg ( CHGG), down 7.1%.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. L Brands has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 39.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate L Brands a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), up 40.8%, YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), up 18.3%, Value Line ( VALU), up 10.0% and Sysco Corporation ( SYY), up 9.7% , were all gainers within the services sector with Royal Caribbean Cruises ( RCL) 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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