URS Corporation (URS): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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URS Corporation ( URS) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, URS Corporation rose $0.48 (1.0%) to $47.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 570,475 shares of URS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 635,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.24-$48.17 after having opened the day at $47.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.39. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: China Distance Education Holdings ( DL), up 11.3%, Taomee Holdings ( TAOM), up 7.2%, NutriSystem ( NTRI), up 6.9% and ATA ( ATAI), up 3.7%.
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URS Corporation provides engineering, construction, and technical services to public agencies and private sector clients worldwide. URS Corporation has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate URS Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, UniTek Global Services ( UNTK), down 14.5%, Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), down 13.8%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 12.4% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 7.2% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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