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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Robert Half International rose 43 cents (1.3%) to $34 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Robert Half International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.57-$34.23 after having opened the day at $33.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.57. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: ITT Educational Services ( ESI), up 17.7%, Daegis ( DAEG), up 11.1%, Command Security Corporation ( MOC), up 8.9%, and WidePoint Corporation ( WYY), up 8.7%.
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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 $4.79 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Robert Half International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 8.9%, SmartPros ( SPRO), down 6.9%, Shutterstock ( SSTK), down 5.4%, and Mastech Holdings ( MHH), down 5.2%, were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Paychex ( PAYX) 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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