Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Weight Watchers International ( WTW) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Weight Watchers International fell 53 cents (-1%) to $52.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 586,415 shares of Weight Watchers International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 740,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.20-$53.55 after having opened the day at $53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: American Learning ( ALRN), down 13.2%, Innovaro ( INV), down 10.3%, SmartPros ( SPRO), down 8.4%, and USA Technologies ( USAT), down 5.1%.
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Weight Watchers International, Inc. engages in the provision of weight management services primarily in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Weight Watchers International has a market cap of $3.04 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, above the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 13.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Weight Watchers International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weight Watchers International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), up 9.5%, Fortune Industries ( FFI), up 8.3%, Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), up 7.9%, and Opentable ( OPEN), up 6.3%, 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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