Kroger Co (KR): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Kroger ( KR) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Kroger rose $1.17 (3.1%) to $38.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,602,920 shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,898,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.41-$38.89 after having opened the day at $37.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.60. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Zale Corporation ( ZLC), up 40.3%, Signet Jewelers ( SIG), up 18.1%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), up 15.2% and Liberty Media Corp Class B ( LVNTB), up 11.0%.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger 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 and solid stock price performance. 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 negative front, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 23.9%, EnviroStar ( EVI), down 14.3%, Navios Maritime Holdings ( NM), down 11.7% and Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 11.4% , were all laggards within the services sector with Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) being today's services sector laggard.

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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