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ITT Educational Services Inc. (ESI): Today's Featured Diversified Services Loser

ITT Educational Services ( ESI) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, ITT Educational Services fell 57 cents (-0.9%) to $60.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 427,275 shares of ITT Educational Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 418,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.88-$60.73 after having opened the day at $60.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.61. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 16.4%, Mattersight ( MATR), down 9.5%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 9.4%, and Willdan Group ( WLDN), down 7.6%.

ITT Educational Services, Inc. provides postsecondary degree programs in the United States. ITT Educational Services has a market cap of $1.49 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.8, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate ITT Educational Services a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ITT Educational Services as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally poor debt management.

On the positive front, StarTek ( SRT), up 14.1%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 10.5%, Xueda Education Group ( XUE), up 9.9%, and Scientific Learning Corporation ( SCIL), up 9.2%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with SBA Communications ( SBAC) being today's featured diversified services industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the diversified services industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the diversified services industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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