Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC): Today's Featured Diversified Services Loser

Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Jacobs Engineering Group fell 21 cents (-0.6%) to $37.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 771,701 shares of Jacobs Engineering Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.40-$38.11 after having opened the day at $37.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.86. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Rainmaker Systems ( RMKR), down 10.7%, Opentable ( OPEN), down 9.3%, China Distance Education Holdings ( DL), down 8.1%, and General Employment ( JOB), down 8.1%.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides technical, professional, and construction services to various industrial, commercial, and governmental clients worldwide. Jacobs Engineering Group has a market cap of $4.71 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Jacobs Engineering Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jacobs Engineering Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Cenveo ( CVO), up 21.2%, Corinthian Colleges ( COCO), up 11.1%, Bioanalytical Systems ( BASI), up 10%, and UniTek Global Services ( UNTK), up 10%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Accenture ( ACN) 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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