Robert Half International Inc. (RHI): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Robert Half International ( RHI) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Robert Half International fell $0.57 (-1.6%) to $35.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,783,443 shares of Robert Half International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,347,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.84-$36.48 after having opened the day at $36.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.46. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Birner Dental Management Services ( BDMS), down 7.7%, World Energy Solutions ( XWES), down 3.4%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), down 3.2% and Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 3.0%.

Robert Half International Inc. provides staffing and risk consulting services in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Robert Half International has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Robert Half International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Robert Half International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 21.9%, Kelly Services ( KELYB), up 7.6%, Zillow ( Z), up 7.2% and Versar ( VSR), up 6.6% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) 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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