Moody's Corporation (MCO): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

Moody's Corporation ( MCO) 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, Moody's Corporation fell $1.63 (-2.6%) to $60.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,047,123 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,659,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.73-$61.93 after having opened the day at $61.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.66. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Learning Tree International ( LTRE), down 8.4%, Fly Leasing ( FLY), down 7.6%, Bioanalytical Systems ( BASI), down 6.8% and Lime Energy ( LIME), down 5.7%.

Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic related research, data, and analytical tools worldwide. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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, ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), up 12.0%, WidePoint Corporation ( WYY), up 6.4%, Team ( TISI), up 5.5% and Document Security Systems ( DSS), up 5.0% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with SBA Communications ( SBAC) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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