Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. (DTG): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group ( DTG) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group fell $2.86 (-3.7%) to $74.14 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.9 million shares of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.26-$78 after having opened the day at $77.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), down 16.5%, China Yida ( CNYD), down 12.4%, LoJack Corporation ( LOJN), down 11.1%, and Daegis ( DAEG), down 10.1%.
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Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the daily rental of vehicles to business and leisure customers under the Dollar and Thrifty names through company-owned stores in the United States and Canada. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has a market cap of $2.22 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 146.4%, Stantec ( STN), up 9.6%, Heartland Payment Systems ( HPY), up 9.5%, and Education Management Corporation ( EDMC), up 9.1%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Accenture ( ACN) 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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