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SFN Group



) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.8%. By the end of trading, SFN Group rose 48 cents (1.8%) to $26.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 63,259 shares of SFN Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.26-$26.86 after having opened the day at $26.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.38. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were:

Genetic Technologies



), up 22.8%,

Spar Group



), up 19.2%,

Magal Security Systems



), up 18.1%, and

Pointer Telocation



), up 6.2%.

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SFN Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a strategic workforce solutions provider in the United States and Canada. It offers professional and staffing services, which include temporary staffing, outsourcing and other, and permanent placement services. SFN Group has a market cap of $686.9 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 43.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate SFN Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SFN Group as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front,

UniTek Global Services



), down 49.5%,

CIBT Education Group



), down 18.7%,

Carriage Services



), down 14.2%, and

Odyssey Marine Exploration



), down 12.1%, were all laggards within the diversified services industry with

Hertz Global Holdings



) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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