Western Union Company

(

WU

) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, Western Union Company fell 54 cents (-3%) to $17.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, five million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.45-$17.84 after having opened the day at $17.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.01. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were:

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%.

The Western Union Company provides money transfer and payment services worldwide. The company's Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers consumer-to-consumer money transfer services through a network of third-party agents using multi-currency and real-time money transfer processing systems. Western Union Company has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 11.7 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 Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates The Western Union as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

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%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with

HMS Holdings Corporation

(

HMSY

) 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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