Nordstrom Inc. (JWN): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Nordstrom ( JWN) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Nordstrom fell $0.66 (-1.1%) to $58.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,609,888 shares of Nordstrom exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,381,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.08-$59.33 after having opened the day at $59.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.92. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: ReachLocal ( RLOC), down 14.8%, Paragon Shipping ( PRGN), down 14.2%, Euronet Worldwide ( EEFT), down 13.5% and China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 8.0%.

Nordstrom, Inc., a fashion specialty retailer, offers apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories for women, men, and children in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Credit. The Retail segment offers a selection of brand name and private label merchandise. Nordstrom has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Nordstrom a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nordstrom as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Luna Innovations ( LUNA), up 22.9%, Emmis Communications ( EMMS), up 19.1%, Kforce ( KFRC), up 14.1% and YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), up 12.8% , were all gainers within the services sector with Canadian National Railway ( CNI) 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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