Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Sears Holdings Corporation rose $1.49 (3.3%) to $46.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,743,365 shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,141,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.07-$47.12 after having opened the day at $43.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.75. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 14.8%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 14.5%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 11.9% and bebe stores ( BEBE), up 11.2%.

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Central European Media ( CETV), down 11.3%, Promotora de Informaciones SA/FI ( PRIS), down 9.4%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 8.9% and CTC Media ( CTCM), down 8.1% , were all laggards within the services sector with United Continental Holdings ( UAL) 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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