New Oriental Education & Technology Group I (EDU): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I fell 56 cents (-4%) to $13.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of New Oriental Education & Technology Group I exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.26-$13.91 after having opened the day at $13.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.90. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 12%, General Employment ( JOB), down 9.1%, Innovaro ( INV), down 8.8%, and Newtek Business Services ( NEWT), down 8.7%.

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. provides private educational services primarily in China. New Oriental Education & Technology Group I has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 16.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 42.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate New Oriental Education & Technology Group I a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates New Oriental Education & Technology Group I as a hold. 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 and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the positive front, Daegis ( DAEG), up 17.5%, Learning Tree International ( LTRE), up 12.6%, Cenveo ( CVO), up 11.4%, and Xueda Education Group ( XUE), up 10.3%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Apollo Group ( APOL) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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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