Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

The diversified services industry closed the day up 0.8%. CIBT Education Group Inc ( MBA), China HGS Real Estate Inc ( HGSH), CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), and MoneyGram International Inc ( MGI) were all winners today within the diversified services industry with Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) being today's featured diversified services winner. Jacobs Engineering Group rose 80 cents (2.4%) to $34.61 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Jacobs Engineering Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides professional, technical, and construction services. Its principal services comprise various aspects of engineering and construction, operations, and maintenance, as well as scientific and specialty consulting services. Jacobs Engineering Group has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, 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 24% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jacobs Engineering Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Zanett Inc ( ZANE), Innotrac Corporation ( INOC), New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), and USA Technologies Inc ( USAT) were all losers within the diversified services industry with Apollo Group Inc ( APOL) being today's diversified services industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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