ManpowerGroup (MAN): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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ManpowerGroup ( MAN) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, ManpowerGroup rose $0.91 (1.6%) to $57.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 759,333 shares of ManpowerGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 591,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.76-$57.47 after having opened the day at $55.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.36. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 18.5%, Document Security Systems ( DSS), up 13.1%, Spar Group ( SGRP), up 9.1% and EnviroStar ( EVI), up 5.7%.
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ManpowerGroup Inc. provides workforce solutions and services. ManpowerGroup has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate ManpowerGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ManpowerGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Fortune Industries ( FFI), down 11.8%, National Research Corporation ( NRCIB), down 7.1%, AeroCentury Corporation ( ACY), down 5.8% and Bright Horizons Family Solutions ( BFAM), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) 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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