CSX Corp (CSX): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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CSX ( CSX) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, CSX fell $0.35 (-1.2%) to $27.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,023,304 shares of CSX exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,137,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.71-$28.32 after having opened the day at $28.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.22. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Education Management ( EDMC), down 28.5%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 21.7%, Monster Worldwide ( MWW), down 17.9% and Stamps.com ( STMP), down 16.1%.

CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services in the United States and Canada. It offers traditional rail services, and transports intermodal containers and trailers. CSX has a market cap of $28.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate CSX a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CSX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, China Yida ( CNYD), up 22.0%, Build-A-Bear Workshop ( BBW), up 21.5%, Weight Watchers International ( WTW), up 19.8% and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings ( AAWW), up 13.1% , were all gainers within the services sector with Whole Foods Market ( WFM) 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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