Hertz Global Holdings Inc (HTZ): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Hertz Global Holdings fell 29 cents (-2%) to $14.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of Hertz Global Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.16-$14.69 after having opened the day at $14.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.56. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Cache ( CACH), down 15.7%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 14.1%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 11.7%, and CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), down 11%.
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Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the car and equipment rental businesses worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Car Rental and Equipment Rental. Hertz Global Holdings has a market cap of $5.96 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 21.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Hertz Global Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hertz Global Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Innovaro ( INV), up 14%, CIBT Education Group ( MBA), up 11.8%, Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), up 11.4%, and Good Times Restaurants ( GTIM), up 10.8%, were all gainers within the services sector with GameStop ( GME) being today's featured services sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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