3 Stocks Pushing The Diversified Services Industry Lower
1. As of noon trading, Washington Post Company ( WPO) is down $5.93 (-1.4%) to $406.47 on light volume Thus far, 8,404 shares of Washington Post Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 32,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $404.99-$415.03 after having opened the day at $412.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $412.40. The Washington Post Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified education and media company in the United States and internationally. Washington Post Company has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Washington Post Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Washington Post Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Washington Post Company Ratings Report now. It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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). A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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