HMS Holdings Corporation

(

HMSY

) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, HMS Holdings Corporation rose 84 cents (3.6%) to $24.44 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of HMS Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 579,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.02-$25.09 after having opened the day at $23.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.60. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were:

China Education Alliance Inc

(

CEU

), up 11.2%,

Global Education and Technology Group

(

GEDU

), up 10.2%,

UTEK

(

INV

), up 6.6%, and

ATA Inc

(

ATAI

), up 6%.

HMS Holdings Corp. provides cost containment, coordination of benefits, and program integrity services. The company's services enable clients to recover amounts due from liable third parties, reduce fraud, and ensure regulatory compliance. HMS Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.5, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 61.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates HMS 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 expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Princeton Review Inc

(

REVU

), down 10.6%,

ExamWorks Group Inc

(

EXAM

), down 9.5%,

SuperMedia Inc

(

SPMD

), down 8.5%, and

Cross Country Healthcare Inc

(

CCRN

), down 8.3%, were all losers within the diversified services industry with

Western Union Company

(

WU

) 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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