H&R Block Inc (HRB): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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H&R Block ( HRB) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, H&R Block fell $0.66 (-2.4%) to $27.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,212,953 shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,939,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.99-$27.71 after having opened the day at $27.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.70. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Mitcham Industries ( MIND), down 11.3%, Document Security Systems ( DSS), down 10.1%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 5.2% and Net 1 Ueps Technologies ( UEPS), down 4.9%.

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation and related services to the general public in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 49.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate H&R Block a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates H&R Block as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins 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 positive front, Hudson Global ( HSON), up 15.6%, Daegis ( DAEG), up 9.4%, Taomee Holdings ( TAOM), up 8.6% and YY ( YY), up 6.8% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Tyco International ( TYC) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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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