Accenture PLC (ACN): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

The diversified services industry closed the day down 1.7%. Princeton Review Inc ( REVU), VirtualScopics Inc ( VSCP), Oxygen Biotherapeutics Inc ( OXBT), and CIBT Education Group Inc ( MBA) were all winners today within the diversified services industry with Accenture ( ACN) being today's featured diversified services winner. Accenture rose 62 cents (1.1%) to $55.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.9 million shares of Accenture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares.

Accenture plc operates as a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. Accenture has a market cap of $35.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Accenture 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Essex Rental ( ESSX), StarTek Inc ( SRT), Cadiz Inc ( CDZI), and NetSpend Holdings Inc ( NTSP) were all losers within the diversified services industry with Moody's Corporation ( MCO) 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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