Wright Express

(

WXS

) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7%. By the end of trading, Wright Express rose 35 cents (0.7%) to $54.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 330,661 shares of Wright Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 243,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.72-$55.03 after having opened the day at $54.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.75. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were:

Harris Interactive

(

HPOL

), up 16.7%,

China Distance Education Hldg Ltd-Shs Spons

(

DL

), up 16.1%,

China Education Alliance

(

CEU

), up 8.6%, and

Learning Tree International

(

LTRE

), up 7.3%.

Wright Express Corporation provides business payment processing and information management solutions in North America, the Asia Pacific, and Europe. It operates in two segments: Fleet Payment Solutions and Other Payment Solutions. Wright Express has a market cap of $2.09 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Wright Express a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wright Express as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

K12

(

LRN

), down 23.6%,

China HGS Real Estate

(

HGSH

), down 13%,

Luna Innovations

(

LUNA

), down 11.7%, and

WNS holdings

(

WNS

), down 9.9%, were all losers within the diversified services industry with

Moody's Corporation

(

MCO

) being today's diversified services industry loser.

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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