Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Jacobs Engineering Group ( JEC) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Jacobs Engineering Group fell $0.90 (-1.5%) to $57.61 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,061,379 shares of Jacobs Engineering Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 764,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.17-$58.40 after having opened the day at $58.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.51. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Point.360 ( PTSX), down 14.5%, Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), down 11.9%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 9.9% and Coast Distribution System ( CRV), down 9.8%.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides technical, professional, and construction services to various industrial, commercial, and governmental clients worldwide. Jacobs Engineering Group has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 37.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Jacobs Engineering Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jacobs Engineering Group 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, FreeSeas ( FREE), up 38.3%, Synnex Corporation ( SNX), up 20.1%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 10.9% and SED International Holdings ( SED), up 10.5% , were all gainers within the services sector with TJX Companies ( TJX) being today's featured services sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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