Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Verisk Analytics fell $0.65 (-1.1%) to $59.34 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,393,639 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 738,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.96-$59.99 after having opened the day at $59.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.99. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), down 9.5%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 9.5%, Learning Tree International ( LTRE), down 6.0% and LivePerson ( LPSN), down 4.9%.
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Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytics methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, financial, and healthcare industries primarily in the United States. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verisk Analytics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share 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 positive front, Infoblox ( BLOX), down 14.5%, General Employment ( JOB), down 9.7%, Corinthian Colleges ( COCO), down 8.6% and Stewart ( STEI), down 7.8% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Moody's Corporation ( MCO) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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