Western Union Company (WU): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Western Union Company ( WU) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Western Union Company fell $0.34 (-1.9%) to $17.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,624,167 shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,635,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.45-$17.87 after having opened the day at $17.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.87. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: ATA ( ATAI), down 9.6%, Furmanite Corporation ( FRM), down 7.4%, ARC Document Solutions ( ARC), down 6.6% and Corinthian Colleges ( COCO), down 6.0%.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union Company has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 30.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), up 18.6%, CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), up 9.0%, China Yida ( CNYD), up 6.3% and Taomee Holdings ( TAOM), up 5.2%.

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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