KBR

(

KBR

) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, KBR fell 55 cents (-2%) to $26.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.24-$27.14 after having opened the day at $27.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.01. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were:

Willdan Group

(

WLDN

), down 11.8%,

Spar Group

(

SGRP

), down 11.5%,

CD International

(

CDII

), down 10.3%, and

Amrep Corporation

(

AXR

), down 8.8%.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate KBR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KBR as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Genetic Technologies

(

GENE

), up 65.6%,

Edgar Online

(

EDGR

), up 50%,

PFSweb

(

PFSW

), up 19.5%, and

China HGS Real Estate

(

HGSH

), up 16.3%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with

Visa

(

V

) 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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