DeVry Inc. (DV): 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.

DeVry ( DV) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, DeVry rose 61 cents (2%) to $31.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 716,815 shares of DeVry exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 989,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.09-$31.21 after having opened the day at $30.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.49. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Fortune Industries ( FFI), up 145%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 11.8%, SuperMedia ( SPMD), up 10.7%, and China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 9.1%.
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DeVry Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides educational services worldwide. DeVry has a market cap of $1.91 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate DeVry a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DeVry as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Ambow Education ( AMBO), down 16.1%, Rainmaker Systems ( RMKR), down 15.4%, CIBT Education Group ( MBA), down 9.9%, and Lime Energy ( LIME), down 8.8%, were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS) 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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