Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Inc. (ULTA): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances rose 82 cents (0.9%) to $94.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 741,171 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $93.13-$95.45 after having opened the day at $93.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.59. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: China Yida ( CNYD), up 31.3%, Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), up 22.7%, American Learning ( ALRN), up 16.2%, and ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), up 13%.

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. operates as a beauty retailer that provides prestige, mass, and salon products; and salon services in the United States. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances has a market cap of $5.89 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.2, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, Ambow Education ( AMBO), down 19.6%, WidePoint Corporation ( WYY), down 6.5%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 6%, and Fortune Industries ( FFI), down 5.8%, were all losers within the diversified services industry with Western Union Company ( WU) 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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