AthenaHealth Inc. (ATHN): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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AthenaHealth ( ATHN) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, AthenaHealth fell $1.76 (-2%) to $88.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 405,251 shares of AthenaHealth exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 451,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $87.77-$90.30 after having opened the day at $89.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.86. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 23.9%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 14.9%, USA Technologies ( USAT), down 6.5%, and ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), down 6.5%.
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athenahealth, Inc., a business services company, provides ongoing billing, clinical-related, and other related services to medical group practices primarily in the United States. The company provides services through the athenaNet, a proprietary Internet-based practice management application. AthenaHealth has a market cap of $3.26 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 192.5, above the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 188.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 82.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are six analysts that rate AthenaHealth a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AthenaHealth 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation.

On the positive front, Fortune Industries ( FFI), up 17.2%, Daegis ( DAEG), up 11%, Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), up 9.7%, and Research Frontiers ( REFR), up 9.3%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with H&R Block ( HRB) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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