Mercadolibre Inc. (MELI): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Mercadolibre ( MELI) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Mercadolibre fell $1.30 (-1.7%) to $74.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 352,515 shares of Mercadolibre exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 543,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.85-$76.38 after having opened the day at $76.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.40. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), down 11.9%, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), down 8.8%, CIBT Education Group ( MBA), down 5.5%, and Spar Group ( SGRP), down 4.5%.
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MercadoLibre, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, hosts online commerce and payments platforms in Latin America. Its services are designed to provide its users with mechanisms to buy, sell, pay for, and collect on e-commerce transactions. Mercadolibre has a market cap of $3.33 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Mercadolibre a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mercadolibre as a buy. 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Daegis ( DAEG), up 11.7%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 8.4%, RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE), up 7.9%, and Newtek Business Services ( NEWT), up 7%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Tyco International ( TYC) 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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