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United Rentals



) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, United Rentals rose $1.60 (1.8%) to $92.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,348,226 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,678,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $90.50-$93.14 after having opened the day at $91.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.83. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were:

InterCloud Systems



), up 22.6%,

New Oriental Education & Technology Group I



), up 7.5%,

Industrial Services of America



), up 6.5% and

H&R Block



), up 6.2%.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It operates in two segments, General Rentals; and Trench Safety, Power and HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning). United Rentals has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

United Rentals

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Genetic Technologies



), down 4.3%,

Taomee Holdings



), down 4.2%,

RLJ Entertainment



), down 3.8% and

Furiex Pharmaceuticals



), down 3.4% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with

SBA Communications



) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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