Diversified Services Standout United Rentals Inc (URI) Making Gains Today

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United Rentals ( URI) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, United Rentals rose 97 cents (1.9%) to $51.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.47-$51.97 after having opened the day at $49.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.88. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Genetic Technologies ( GENE), up 6.9%, Newtek Business Services ( NEWT), up 5.5%, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions ( KTOS), up 4.3%, and Stonemor Partners ( STON), up 4.3%.
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United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It offers approximately 3,300 classes of equipment for rent to customers comprising construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. United Rentals has a market cap of $4.79 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, PDI ( PDII), down 10.8%, CIBT Education Group ( MBA), down 10.6%, Birner Dental Management Services ( BDMS), down 9.2%, and Daegis ( DAEG), down 7.7%, were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Western Union Company ( WU) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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