The diversified services industry closed the day down 2.7%. General Employment ( JOB), Mattersight ( MATR), LoJack Corporation ( LOJN), and Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc ( FBHS) were all winners today within the diversified services industry with LivePerson Inc ( LPSN) being today's featured diversified services winner. LivePerson Inc rose 8 cents (0.7%) to $11.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 576,151 shares of LivePerson Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 507,900 shares.

LivePerson, Inc. provides online engagement solutions that facilitate real-time assistance and advice. It connects businesses and independent service providers with consumers seeking help on its hosted software platform. LivePerson Inc has a market cap of $585.5 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.6, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates LivePerson as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front, SuperMedia Inc ( SPMD), Essex Rental ( ESSX), Cadiz Inc ( CDZI), and Hudson Highland Group Inc ( HHGP) 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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