Ctrip.com International Ltd. (CTRP): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Ctrip.com International fell $1.75 (-4.4%) to $37.86 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,519,756 shares of Ctrip.com International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,076,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.96-$40.01 after having opened the day at $39.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.61. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Dolan ( DM), down 16.2%, EnviroStar ( EVI), down 12.3%, PokerTek ( PTEK), down 12.0% and China Yida ( CNYD), down 10.4%.

Ctrip.com International, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides travel service for hotel accommodations, airline tickets, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in the People's Republic of China. Ctrip.com International has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Ctrip.com International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ctrip.com International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 41.8%, Watsco ( WSO.B), up 24.5%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 12.7% and Empire Resorts ( NYNY), up 11.1% , were all gainers within the services sector with Robert Half International ( RHI) 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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