Conn's Inc. (CONN): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Conn's ( CONN) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Conn's fell $1.26 (-1.6%) to $75.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,433,315 shares of Conn's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 981,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $74.05-$77.24 after having opened the day at $76.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.67. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 9.4%, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia ( MSO), down 7.2%, China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), down 6.9% and FreeSeas ( FREE), down 5.7%.

Conn's, Inc. is engaged in the specialty retail of durable consumer products in the United States. Conn's has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 150.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Conn's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Conn's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Valassis Communications ( VCI), up 22.3%, VisionChina Media ( VISN), up 16.7%, ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), up 13.0% and Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), up 12.6% , were all gainers within the services sector with eBay ( EBAY) 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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