Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.9%. By the end of trading, Verisk Analytics fell 41 cents (-0.8%) to $47.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 845,011 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 752,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.24-$48.29 after having opened the day at $48.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.79. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Zipcar ( ZIP), down 36.5%, comScore ( SCOR), down 21%, CIBT Education Group ( MBA), down 12.3%, and CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), down 11.1%.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytics methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, mortgage, and healthcare industries primarily in the United States. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $7.94 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.5, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 27.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verisk Analytics as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its unimpressive growth in net income.

On the positive front, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 30.8%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 24.3%, World Energy Solutions ( XWES), up 16.7%, and Opentable ( OPEN), up 15.8%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with United Rentals ( URI) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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