Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Alliance Data Systems Corporation rose $3.49 (1.8%) to $202.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 348,889 shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 712,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $199.14-$203.61 after having opened the day at $199.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $199.43. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: China Distance Education Holdings ( DL), up 16.0%, WageWorks ( WAGE), up 10.5%, YY ( YY), up 8.4% and Daegis ( DAEG), up 7.7%.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides marketing and loyalty solutions primarily in North America. The company operates in three segments: LoyaltyOne, Epsilon, and Private Label Services and Credit. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 37.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Alliance Data Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliance Data Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and solid stock price performance. 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, General Employment ( JOB), down 13.6%, China Yida ( CNYD), down 12.6%, Learning Tree International ( LTRE), down 6.1% and DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 5.7%.

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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