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

H&R Block ( HRB) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, H&R Block fell $0.54 (-1.9%) to $27.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,273,454 shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,823,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.72-$28.23 after having opened the day at $28.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.29. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Lime Energy ( LIME), down 14.3%, Daegis ( DAEG), down 10.0%, Genetic Technologies ( GENE), down 9.9% and Spar Group ( SGRP), down 9.0%.

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 $7.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 52.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, ADT Corporation ( ADT), up 10.7%, Document Security Systems ( DSS), up 10.6%, Compx International ( CIX), up 9.3% and General Employment ( JOB), up 8.0% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with SAIC ( SAI) 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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