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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Western Union Company fell 13 cents (-0.8%) to $16.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.4 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.86-$17.08 after having opened the day at $17.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.03. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were:

Genetic Technologies

(

GENE

), down 16.3%,

China HGS Real Estate

(

HGSH

), down 10.3%,

Swisher Hygiene

(

SWSH

), down 8.1%, and

Magal Security Systems

(

MAGS

), down 7.7%.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Consumer-to-Consumer and Global Business Payments. Western Union Company has a market cap of $10.44 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.9, 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 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,

Spar Group

(

SGRP

), up 13%,

Career Education Corporation

(

CECO

), up 11.4%,

Corinthian Colleges

(

COCO

), up 10.2%, and

Education Management Corporation

(

EDMC

), up 9.4%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with

Apollo Group

(

APOL

) 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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