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

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

KBR ( KBR) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, KBR rose $0.69 (2.3%) to $31.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,671,862 shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,390,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.50-$31.75 after having opened the day at $30.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.56. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), up 18.4%, Food Technology Service ( VIFL), up 17.8%, Taomee Holdings ( TAOM), up 15.8% and WageWorks ( WAGE), up 12.2%.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. KBR has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate KBR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KBR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 19.4%, UniTek Global Services ( UNTK), down 15.2%, Bioanalytical Systems ( BASI), down 9.8% and Planet Payment ( PLPM), down 9.7% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Western Union Company ( WU) 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).

3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.