SBA Communications Corp (SBAC): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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SBA Communications ( SBAC) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, SBA Communications rose 78 cents (1.1%) to $72.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of SBA Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.27-$72.55 after having opened the day at $71.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.63. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 22.7%, General Employment ( JOB), up 7.5%, Magal Security Systems ( MAGS), up 7.3%, and World Energy Solutions ( XWES), up 6.7%.
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SBA Communications Corporation owns and operates wireless communications towers primarily in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama. SBA Communications has a market cap of $9.03 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate SBA Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SBA Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, Career Education Corporation ( CECO), down 9.3%, ITT Educational Services ( ESI), down 8.8%, American Public Education ( APEI), down 8%, and Education Management Corporation ( EDMC), down 7.7%, were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Western Union Company ( WU) 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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