Accenture

(

ACN

) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Accenture fell 92 cents (-1.6%) to $57.99 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.8 million shares of Accenture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.68-$59.37 after having opened the day at $58.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.91. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were:

Learning Tree International

(

LTRE

), down 13%,

UTEK

(

INV

), down 11.1%,

Fortune Industries

(

FFI

), down 10.5%, and

Willdan Group

(

WLDN

), down 8.5%.

Accenture plc operates as a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. Accenture has a market cap of $37.98 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, equal to the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Accenture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven 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, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,

Genetic Technologies

(

GENE

), up 62.7%,

Swisher Hygiene

(

SWSH

), up 21.4%,

SuperMedia

(

SPMD

), up 15.2%, and

Odyssey Marine Exploration

(

OMEX

), up 12.7%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with

Paychex

(

PAYX

) 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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