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Western Union Company (WU): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

Western Union Company (WU) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Western Union Company rose $0.34 (2.1%) to $16.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,223,245 shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,752,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.57-$16.89 after having opened the day at $16.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.53. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Cambium Learning Group (ABCD), up 11.3%, National Research Corporation (NRCIB), up 11.1%, RLJ Entertainment (RLJE), up 9.2% and Spar Group (SGRP), up 8.6%.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union Company has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Mistras Group (MG), down 16.5%, Apollo Group (APOL), down 10.3%, Lincoln Educational Services Corporation (LINC), down 8.1% and Pointer Telocation (PNTR), down 8.0% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with AthenaHealth (ATHN) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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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