CSX Corp (CSX): Today's Featured Services Winner

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CSX ( CSX) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, CSX rose $0.37 (1.4%) to $27.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,514,294 shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,226,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.33-$27.85 after having opened the day at $27.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.32. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 25.0%, China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), up 17.4%, Value Line ( VALU), up 10.7% and Jos A Bank Clothiers ( JOSB), up 9.1%.

CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services in the United States and Canada. It offers traditional rail services, and transports intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $27.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, 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 sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Information Services Group ( III), down 8.8%, United Online ( UNTD), down 8.0%, YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), down 7.6% and J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 7.3% , were all laggards within the services sector with Dillards ( DDS) 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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