H&R Block Inc (HRB): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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H&R Block ( HRB) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, H&R Block rose $0.63 (2.2%) to $28.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,062,896 shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,234,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.95-$28.96 after having opened the day at $26.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.03. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Websense ( WBSN), up 15.3%, VCA Antech ( WOOF), up 10.9%, SPS Commerce ( SPSC), up 10.9% and HMS Holdings Corporation ( HMSY), up 6.8%.
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H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of tax preparation and related services to the general public in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 50.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates H&R Block as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and premium valuation.

On the negative front, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 11.4%, ITT Educational Services ( ESI), down 11.3%, Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), down 9.1% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 8.1% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Paychex ( PAYX) 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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