Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

(

DTG

) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group rose $4.85 (6.8%) to $76.43 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 520,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.40-$76.49 after having opened the day at $72.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.58. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were:

Rainmaker Systems

(

RMKR

), up 17.9%,

Portfolio Recovery Associates

(

PRAA

), up 17.4%,

Bioanalytical Systems

(

BASI

), up 16.7%, and

Financial Engines

(

FNGN

), up 11.5%.

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Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the daily rental of vehicles to business and leisure customers under the Dollar and Thrifty names through company-owned stores in the United States and Canada. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has a market cap of $2.09 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Hudson Technology

(

HDSN

), down 16.1%,

Lincoln Educational Services Corporation

(

LINC

), down 15.3%,

China HGS Real Estate

(

HGSH

), down 15.2%, and

Career Education Corporation

(

CECO

), down 15.2%, were all laggards within the diversified services industry with

MasterCard Incorporated

(

MA

) 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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