Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation fell $2.09 (-1.1%) to $187.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 852,386 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 720,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $187.55-$191.00 after having opened the day at $189.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $190.05. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), down 24.6%, Heidrick & Struggles International ( HSII), down 17.2%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 12.2% and MoneyGram International ( MGI), down 9.1%.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides marketing and loyalty solutions primarily in North America. The company operates in three segments: LoyaltyOne, Epsilon, and Private Label Services and Credit. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 31.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 7.0%, VSE Corporation ( VSEC), up 5.8%, JTH Holding Inc Class A ( TAX), up 4.5% and Ambassadors Group ( EPAX), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Apollo Group ( APOL) 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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