Fiserv Inc. (FISV): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Fiserv ( FISV) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Fiserv fell $2.43 (-2.9%) to $80.47 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.1 million shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 737,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.03-$81.30 after having opened the day at $79.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.90. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Lime Energy ( LIME), down 14.2%, Fortune Industries ( FFI), down 8.7%, SmartPros ( SPRO), down 7%, and Bioanalytical Systems ( BASI), down 6.7%.
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Fiserv, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology solutions worldwide. Fiserv has a market cap of $11.08 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Fiserv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fiserv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. 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, EnerNOC ( ENOC), up 25.5%, Mastech Holdings ( MHH), up 5.8%, SuperMedia ( SPMD), up 5.1%, and PowerSecure International ( POWR), up 4.7%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Apollo Group ( APOL) 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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