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

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Fiserv ( FISV) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Fiserv rose $2.17 (2.2%) to $100.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 865,952 shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 617,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $97.70-$100.52 after having opened the day at $97.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.18. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: ADT Corporation ( ADT), up 14.6%, China Distance Education Holdings ( DL), up 12.1%, Career Education Corporation ( CECO), up 11.0% and AMN Healthcare Services ( AHS), up 9.1%.

Fiserv, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology worldwide. Fiserv has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Fiserv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fiserv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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, Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), down 7.9%, Daegis ( DAEG), down 7.8%, Atlas Resource Partners ( ARP), down 7.7% and Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 7.5% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) 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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