Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (FBHS): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security rose 28 cents (1%) to $28.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.65-$28.60 after having opened the day at $27.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.93. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 26.1%, Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), up 11.5%, EnviroStar ( EVI), up 9.2%, and Magal Security Systems ( MAGS), up 8.8%.
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Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. provides home and security products for use in residential home repair, remodeling, new construction, and security and storage applications. Fortune Brands Home & Security has a market cap of $4.56 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 186.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 64.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Fortune Brands Home & Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fortune Brands Home & Security as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

On the negative front, Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), down 15.6%, AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM), down 13.3%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 10.3%, and eLong ( LONG), down 9.8%, were all laggards within the diversified services industry with KBR ( KBR) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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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