Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Verisk Analytics rose $1.01 (2.1%) to $49.18 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 776,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.40-$49.38 after having opened the day at $47.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.17. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Hudson Technology ( HDSN), up 22.8%, Edgar Online ( EDGR), up 10.4%, Team Health Holdings ( TMH), up 8.1%, and Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 7.5%.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytics methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, mortgage, and healthcare industries primarily in the United States. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $8.11 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.8, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 30 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verisk Analytics as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Opentable ( OPEN), down 15%, USA Technologies ( USAT), down 8.4%, Cleveland BioLabs ( CBLI), down 7.4%, and R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company ( RRD), down 6.9%, were all losers within the diversified services industry with MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) being today's diversified services industry loser.

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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