Corrections Corporation Of America (CXW): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Corrections Corporation of America ( CXW) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Corrections Corporation of America fell $1.26 (-3.6%) to $33.44 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,572,924 shares of Corrections Corporation of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,378,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.31-$34.82 after having opened the day at $34.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.70. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Bioanalytical Systems ( BASI), down 7.4%, Taomee Holdings ( TAOM), down 7.1%, China Yida ( CNYD), down 7.0% and YY ( YY), down 5.7%.

Corrections Corporation of America, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates privatized correctional and detention facilities in the United States. Corrections Corporation of America has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Corrections Corporation of America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Corrections Corporation of America as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Genetic Technologies ( GENE), up 19.6%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 17.0%, Harris Interactive ( HPOL), up 11.2% and Compx International ( CIX), up 10.5% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Western Union Company ( WU) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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