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

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Moody's Corporation ( MCO) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Moody's Corporation rose $1.11 (1.8%) to $61.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 974,997 shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,694,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.81-$61.87 after having opened the day at $60.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.64. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 22.4%, SmartPros ( SPRO), up 10.3%, WNS holdings ( WNS), up 6.6% and Acorn Energy ( ACFN), up 4.9%.

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 $13.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 negative front, Document Security Systems ( DSS), down 8.6%, Daegis ( DAEG), down 5.7%, Versar ( VSR), down 5.0% and Genetic Technologies ( GENE), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Vantiv ( VNTV) 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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