The diversified services industry closed the day down 2.7%. SuperMedia Inc ( SPMD), Essex Rental ( ESSX), Cadiz Inc ( CDZI), and Hudson Highland Group Inc ( HHGP) were all decliners today within the diversified services industry with Apollo Group Inc ( APOL) being today's featured diversified services loser. Apollo Group Inc fell $1.76 (-4%) to $42.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Apollo Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. Apollo Group, Inc. provides educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Apollo Group Inc has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 14.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity.
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