The

diversified services

industry closed the day up 0.8%.

Zanett Inc

(

ZANE

),

Innotrac Corporation

(

INOC

),

New Oriental Education & Technology Group I

(

EDU

), and

USA Technologies Inc

(

USAT

) were all decliners today within the diversified services industry with

Apollo Group Inc

(

APOL

) being today's featured diversified services loser. Apollo Group Inc fell 99 cents (-2.4%) to $40.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Apollo Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares.

Apollo Group, Inc. provides educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Apollo Group Inc has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 14.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Group as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

TheStreet Recommends

CIBT Education Group Inc

(

MBA

),

China HGS Real Estate Inc

(

HGSH

),

CTPartners Executive Search

(

CTP

), and

MoneyGram International Inc

(

MGI

) were all gainers within the diversified services industry with

Jacobs Engineering Group

(

JEC

) 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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