Moody's Corporation (MCO): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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Moody's Corporation ( MCO) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Moody's Corporation rose $0.61 (1.1%) to $54.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,047,134 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,958,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.01-$54.90 after having opened the day at $54.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.23. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: CIBT Education Group ( MBA), up 21.4%, Information Services Group ( III), up 8.7%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), up 8.0% and Maximus ( MMS), up 7.8%.
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Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic related research, data, and analytical tools worldwide. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $12.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Acacia Research Coroporation ( ACTG), down 27.3%, PRGX Global ( PRGX), down 16.0%, Performant Financial ( PFMT), down 8.2% and Luna Innovations ( LUNA), down 7.0% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with AthenaHealth ( ATHN) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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