SAIC Inc. (SAI): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

SAIC ( SAI) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, SAIC rose 30 cents (2.7%) to $11.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of SAIC exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.28-$11.63 after having opened the day at $11.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.16. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 27.9%, Green Dot ( GDOT), up 12.5%, eLong ( LONG), up 9.2%, and Ambow Education ( AMBO), up 8.4%.

SAIC, Inc. provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services and solutions to agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. SAIC has a market cap of $3.72 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate SAIC a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SAIC as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, American Learning ( ALRN), down 12.9%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 8.8%, ITT Educational Services ( ESI), down 7.9%, and Education Management Corporation ( EDMC), down 7.8%, were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Mercadolibre ( MELI) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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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