ITT Educational Services ( ESI) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, ITT Educational Services fell 57 cents (-0.9%) to $60.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 427,275 shares of ITT Educational Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 418,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.88-$60.73 after having opened the day at $60.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.61. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 16.4%, Mattersight ( MATR), down 9.5%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 9.4%, and Willdan Group ( WLDN), down 7.6%. ITT Educational Services, Inc. provides postsecondary degree programs in the United States. ITT Educational Services has a market cap of $1.49 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.8, 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 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate ITT Educational Services a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates ITT Educational Services as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally poor debt management.
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