Advance Auto Parts Inc (AAP): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Advance Auto Parts ( AAP) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Advance Auto Parts rose $5.12 (4.9%) to $109.45 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,707,505 shares of Advance Auto Parts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 822,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $105.23-$111.53 after having opened the day at $105.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.33. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Vitran Corporation ( VTNC), up 11.0%, Huttig Building Products ( HBPI), up 9.9%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 8.6% and Career Education Corporation ( CECO), up 6.9%.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items. It operates in two segments, Advance Auto Parts (AAP), and Autopart International (AI). Advance Auto Parts has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Advance Auto Parts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Advance Auto Parts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 16.2%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 14.1%, Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), down 13.7% and Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 12.4% , were all laggards within the services sector with Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) 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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