H&R Block Inc (HRB): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

H&R Block ( HRB) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, H&R Block rose 34 cents (1.4%) to $24.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.33-$24.70 after having opened the day at $24.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.27. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Willdan Group ( WLDN), up 10.9%, AMN Healthcare Services ( AHS), up 9%, Daegis ( DAEG), up 7.2%, and USA Technologies ( USAT), up 6.7%.
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H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of tax preparation and related services to the general public in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $6.69 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are two analysts that rate H&R Block a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates H&R Block as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Heidrick & Struggles International ( HSII), down 17.7%, Fortune Industries ( FFI), down 13.2%, WidePoint Corporation ( WYY), down 7.5%, and Stonemor Partners ( STON), down 6.5%, were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) 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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