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Diversified Services Industry Underperformer Of The Day: Avis Budget Group Inc (CAR)

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Avis Budget Group ( CAR) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Avis Budget Group fell 56 cents (-2%) to $26.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of Avis Budget Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.31-$28 after having opened the day at $27.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.32. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: SuperMedia ( SPMD), down 7.5%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 6.7%, General Employment ( JOB), down 5.5%, and China Yida ( CNYD), down 5.3%.

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Avis Budget Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides car and truck rentals, and ancillary services to businesses and consumers worldwide. Avis Budget Group has a market cap of $2.95 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Avis Budget Group a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avis Budget Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front, StarTek ( SRT), up 9.7%, Fortune Industries ( FFI), up 9.3%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 7.7%, and Apollo Group ( APOL), up 7.1%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with SAIC ( SAI) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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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