The diversified services industry closed the day up 1.6%. American Public Education Inc ( APEI), TAL Education Group ( XRS), SoundBite Communications Inc ( SDBT), and New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU) were all decliners today within the diversified services industry with Bridgepoint Education Inc ( BPI) being today's featured diversified services loser. Bridgepoint Education Inc fell 60 cents (-3%) to $19.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 317,354 shares of Bridgepoint Education Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 586,300 shares.

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. provides postsecondary education services. It offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs primarily in the disciplines of business, education, psychology, social sciences, and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education Inc has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.3, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 8.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bridgepoint as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Hudson Technology Inc ( HDSN), Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc ( FURX), Zillow Inc ( Z), and Quad/Graphics Inc ( QUAD) were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Visa Inc ( V) 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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