United Rentals Inc (URI): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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United Rentals ( URI) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, United Rentals rose $0.87 (1.6%) to $55.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,314,593 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,081,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.86-$55.72 after having opened the day at $54.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.22. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), up 11.4%, Harris Interactive ( HPOL), up 5.7%, Carbonite ( CARB), up 5.5% and VSE Corporation ( VSEC), up 5.4%.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It offers approximately 3,300 classes of equipment for rent to customers comprising construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. United Rentals has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Information Services Group ( III), down 7.6%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 5.5%, Shutterstock ( SSTK), down 4.5% and Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with SAIC ( SAI) 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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