Tiffany & Co. (TIF): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Tiffany ( TIF) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Tiffany fell $1.65 (-1.8%) to $90.36 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,507,482 shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 912,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $89.70-$93.21 after having opened the day at $93.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.01. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 16.0%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 13.8%, YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), down 13.3% and Synnex Corporation ( SNX), down 11.3%.

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and retails jewelry worldwide. The company operates through Americas, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Europe, and Other segments. Tiffany has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, China Yida ( CNYD), up 118.7%, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 32.5%, Pharmerica Corporation ( PMC), up 27.1% and VisionChina Media ( VISN), up 26.3% , were all gainers within the services sector with United Continental Holdings ( UAL) 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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