Fiserv Inc. (FISV): Today's Featured Diversified Services Loser

Fiserv Inc ( FISV) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Fiserv Inc fell 81 cents (-1.4%) to $55.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 765,014 shares of Fiserv Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.09-$56.16 after having opened the day at $55.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.95. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: School Specialty Inc ( SCHS), down 26.4%, CIBT Education Group Inc ( MBA), down 20.9%, China HGS Real Estate Inc ( HGSH), down 12.9%, and PFSweb Inc ( PFSW), down 10.1%.

Fiserv, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide various financial services technology solutions. Fiserv Inc has a market cap of $7.96 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 18.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fiserv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, China CGame Inc ( CCGM), up 18%, AeroCentury Corporation ( ACY), up 9.1%, Harris Interactive Inc ( HPOL), up 8.4%, and Phoenix New Media Ltd ADR ( FENG), up 7.3%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU) 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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