Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Chipotle Mexican Grill rose $16.28 (2.8%) to $592.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 600,941 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 485,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $578.03-$595.21 after having opened the day at $581.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $576.26. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Cosi ( COSI), up 20.1%, Qunar Cayman Islands ( QUNR), up 12.5%, CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), up 11.4% and YuMe ( YUME), up 10.3%.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast casual and fresh Mexican food restaurants. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. As of October 15, 2013, the company operated approximately 1,500 restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Chipotle Mexican Grill has a market cap of $17.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chipotle Mexican Grill a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chipotle Mexican Grill as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Nevada Gold & Casinos ( UWN), down 16.0%, SmartPros ( SPRO), down 12.2%, Body Central ( BODY), down 11.5% and InterCloud Systems ( ICLD), down 10.8% , were all laggards within the services sector with Time Warner Cable ( TWC) 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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