Fleetcor Technologies Inc. (FLT): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Fleetcor Technologies fell $1.29 (-1.7%) to $75.93 on light volume. Throughout the day, 571,776 shares of Fleetcor Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 802,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $75.85-$77.60 after having opened the day at $77.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.22. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: DeVry ( DV), down 20.4%, Robert Half International ( RHI), down 9.7%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 8.8% and Spark Networks ( LOV), down 8.4%.
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FleetCor Technologies, Inc. provides fuel cards and workforce payment products and services to businesses, commercial fleets, oil companies, petroleum marketers, and government entities in North America, Latin America, and Europe. Fleetcor Technologies has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 43.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fleetcor Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Education Management Corporation ( EDMC), down 11.8%, Ryder System ( R), down 6.8%, Euronet Worldwide ( EEFT), down 6.7% and Xueda Education Group ( XUE), down 6.1% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with SAIC ( SAI) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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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