Conn's Inc. (CONN): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Conn's ( CONN) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Conn's fell $2.01 (-4.4%) to $43.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,294,409 shares of Conn's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,996,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.11-$45.99 after having opened the day at $45.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.48. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 37.5%, Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI), down 6.0%, RadioShack ( RSH), down 5.6% and ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 5.3%.

Conn's, Inc. is engaged in the specialty retail of durable consumer products in the United States. Conn's has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 42.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Conn's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Conn's as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Luna Innovations ( LUNA), up 12.9%, Frontline ( FRO), up 11.7%, Radio One ( ROIA), up 11.5% and SmartPros ( SPRO), up 11.2% , were all gainers within the services sector with Walt Disney ( DIS) 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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