KBR Inc. (KBR): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

KBR ( KBR) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, KBR rose $0.41 (1.2%) to $33.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 684,869 shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,409,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.87-$33.38 after having opened the day at $32.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.86. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: YY ( YY), up 11.8%, Universal Security Instruments ( UUU), up 6.4%, Document Security Systems ( DSS), up 5.9% and PFSweb ( PFSW), up 5.7%.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate KBR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, VSE Corporation ( VSEC), down 7.6%, Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), down 5.4%, Cinedigm Digital Cinema ( CIDM), down 4.9% and China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 4.7% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) 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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