United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) (UPS): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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United Parcel Service ( UPS) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, United Parcel Service fell $1.24 (-1.3%) to $97.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,665,717 shares of United Parcel Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,302,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $97.20-$98.74 after having opened the day at $98.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.64. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: 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%.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. United Parcel Service has a market cap of $70.4 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate United Parcel Service a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Parcel Service as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the services sector with Family Dollar Stores ( FDO) being today's featured services sector leader.

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