Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Jacobs Engineering Group fell $1.10 (-1.8%) to $61.23 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,284,580 shares of Jacobs Engineering Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 802,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $61.00-$61.98 after having opened the day at $61.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.33. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: 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%.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides technical, professional, and construction services to various industrial, commercial, and governmental clients worldwide. Jacobs Engineering Group has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 46.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Jacobs Engineering Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jacobs Engineering Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Fiserv ( FISV) 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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