Robert Half International Inc. (RHI): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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Robert Half International ( RHI) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Robert Half International rose 38 cents (1.4%) to $28.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Robert Half International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.81-$28.34 after having opened the day at $27.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.88. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Mastech Holdings ( MHH), up 27.3%, China Distance Education Holdings ( DL), up 13.3%, Cenveo ( CVO), up 12.5%, and Harris Interactive ( HPOL), up 8.8%.
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Robert Half International Inc. provides staffing and risk consulting services in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Its Accountemps division offers temporary staffing in the fields of accounting, tax, and finance. Robert Half International has a market cap of $3.92 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Robert Half International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Robert Half International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), down 14.6%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 12.2%, School Specialty ( SCHS), down 9%, and General Employment ( JOB), down 7.1%, were all laggards within the diversified services industry with New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU) 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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