Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Inc. (ULTA): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances rose $1.07 (1.2%) to $91.48 on light volume. Throughout the day, 431,002 shares of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,727,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $90.12-$91.56 after having opened the day at $90.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.41. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Grand Canyon Education ( LOPE), up 14.1%, ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), up 12.5%, Spark Networks ( LOV), up 10.0% and YY ( YY), up 9.9%.
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Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. operates specialty retail stores in the United States. Its stores offer cosmetics, fragrance, haircare, and skincare products, as well as related accessories and services. Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Lionbridge Technologies ( LIOX), down 17.9%, General Employment ( JOB), down 11.1%, Document Security Systems ( DSS), down 11.0% and Zillow ( Z), down 9.9% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Mercadolibre ( MELI) 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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