Rockwell Automation Inc (ROK): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Rockwell Automation ( ROK) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Automation rose $1.54 (1.3%) to $123.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 791,112 shares of Rockwell Automation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 828,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $122.25-$124.77 after having opened the day at $123.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $122.13. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Sonic Corporation ( SONC), up 11.0%, Iao Kun Group Holding Company ( IKGH), up 9.0%, HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), up 8.2% and General Employment ( JOB), up 7.9%.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation power, control, and information solutions. It operates in two segments, Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. Rockwell Automation has a market cap of $17.1 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Rockwell Automation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Automation 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Cache ( CACH), down 13.3%, Body Central ( BODY), down 12.0%, Wet Seal ( WTSL), down 11.9% and VisionChina Media ( VISN), down 8.7% , 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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