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Accenture

(

ACN

) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Accenture fell 72 cents (-1.2%) to $60.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Accenture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.64-$61.49 after having opened the day at $61.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.55. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were:

Daegis

(

DAEG

), down 9.9%,

Education Management Corporation

(

EDMC

), down 8%,

Green Dot

(

GDOT

), down 6.4%, and

China HGS Real Estate

(

HGSH

), down 6.3%.

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Accenture plc operates as a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company worldwide. Accenture has a market cap of $39.07 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 15.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Accenture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Accenture as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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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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