Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Wal-Mart Stores fell $0.87 (-1.1%) to $79.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,062,410 shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,233,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.05-$79.80 after having opened the day at $79.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.95. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: 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%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $259.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the services sector with Advance Auto Parts ( AAP) 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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