Family Dollar Stores Inc (FDO): Today's Featured Services Winner

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Family Dollar Stores ( FDO) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Family Dollar Stores rose $1.26 (2.2%) to $58.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,002,314 shares of Family Dollar Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,910,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.50-$58.33 after having opened the day at $57.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.05. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Prestige Brands Holdings ( PBH), up 18.1%, DeVry ( DV), up 13.9%, Body Central ( BODY), up 11.5% and Ambassadors Group ( EPAX), up 10.8%.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low- and middle-income consumers in the United States. Family Dollar Stores has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Family Dollar Stores a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Family Dollar Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 19.2%, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), down 18.4%, Pandora Media ( P), down 16.6% and Wayside Technology Group ( WSTG), down 13.0% , were all laggards within the services sector with United Parcel Service ( UPS) 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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