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

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Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation rose $2.60 (1.3%) to $206.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 230,670 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 812,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $203.12-$207.12 after having opened the day at $204.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $203.46. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: WageWorks ( WAGE), up 19.1%, Mistras Group ( MG), up 12.8%, PowerSecure International ( POWR), up 10.9% and Consolidated Graphics ( CGX), up 8.5%.

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 $10.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 40.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 solid stock price performance. 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 negative front, Cenveo ( CVO), down 13.5%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 11.8%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 11.0% and FTI Consulting ( FCN), down 10.5% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Tyco International ( TYC) 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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