Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW): Today's Featured Diversified Services Loser

Weight Watchers International ( WTW) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Weight Watchers International fell $2.72 (-4.4%) to $59.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Weight Watchers International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.26-$61 after having opened the day at $60.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.18. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: American Learning ( ALRN), down 8.2%, General Employment ( JOB), down 7%, SoundBite Communications ( SDBT), down 6.7%, and Edgar Online ( EDGR), down 6.5%.

Weight Watchers International, Inc. engages in the provision of weight management services primarily in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Weight Watchers International has a market cap of $4.05 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Weight Watchers International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weight Watchers International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Rainmaker Systems ( RMKR), up 11.6%, Career Education Corporation ( CECO), up 8.7%, Bioanalytical Systems ( BASI), up 6.8%, and TMS International ( TMS), up 6.8%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Geo Group ( GEO) 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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