Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Whole Foods Market ( WFM) 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, Whole Foods Market fell $0.91 (-1.6%) to $54.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,473,190 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,423,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.82-$55.10 after having opened the day at $54.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.07. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 18.6%, Digital Cinema Destinations ( DCIN), down 8.9%, Bob Evans Farms ( BOBE), down 8.2% and Point.360 ( PTSX), down 6.5%.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 22.9%, Renren ( RENN), up 22.6%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 18.4% and Star Bulk Carriers ( SBLK), up 17.1% , were all gainers within the services sector with DISH Network ( DISH) 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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