Apollo Group Inc (APOL): Today's Featured Diversified Services Loser

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.

On the positive front, General Employment ( JOB), Mattersight ( MATR), LoJack Corporation ( LOJN), and Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc ( FBHS) were all gainers within the diversified services industry with LivePerson Inc ( LPSN) 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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