Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill rose $58.00 (11.7%) to $551.96 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,129,521 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 362,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $546.10-$568.90 after having opened the day at $552.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $493.96. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 32.0%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), up 11.9%, MakeMyTrip ( MMYT), up 10.5% and Boyd Gaming Corporation ( BYD), up 10.5%.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. As of October 15, 2013, the company operated approximately 1,500 restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, General Employment ( JOB), down 18.0%, Green Dot ( GDOT), down 15.8%, Constant Contact ( CTCT), down 13.0% and Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 12.1% , were all laggards within the services sector with Pandora Media ( P) being today's services sector laggard.

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