Accenture

(

ACN

) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Accenture rose 28 cents (0.5%) to $55.57 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of Accenture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.12-$55.91 after having opened the day at $55.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.29. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were:

Magal Security Systems

(

MAGS

), up 67.2%,

SuperMedia Inc

(

SPMD

), up 11.7%,

Scientific Learning Corporation

(

SCIL

), up 8.6%, and

World Energy Solutions Inc

(

XWES

), up 8.4%.

Accenture plc operates as a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. Accenture has a market cap of $37.1 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, 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 14% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Accenture as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Spar Group Inc

(

SGRP

), down 10.8%,

TAL Education Group

(

XRS

), down 10.1%,

Taomee Holdings Ltd ADR

(

TAOM

), down 9.8%, and

CPI Corporation

(

CPY

), down 9.6%, were all losers within the diversified services industry with

Moody's Corporation

(

MCO

) being today's diversified services industry loser.

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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