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

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H&R Block ( HRB) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, H&R Block fell $0.50 (-1.8%) to $27.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,319,472 shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,002,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.95-$28.57 after having opened the day at $28.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.46. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Hudson Global ( HSON), down 9.7%, SmartPros ( SPRO), down 8.8%, Food Technology Service ( VIFL), down 7.9% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 5.7%.
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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 $7.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate H&R Block a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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 positive front, Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 17.9%, General Employment ( JOB), down 12.3%, Cenveo ( CVO), down 8.3% and ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), down 6.7% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Fiserv ( FISV) 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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