Vantiv Inc (VNTV): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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Vantiv ( VNTV) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Vantiv rose $0.29 (1.1%) to $27.67 on light volume. Throughout the day, 924,594 shares of Vantiv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,350,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.13-$27.67 after having opened the day at $27.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.38. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: General Employment ( JOB), up 94.5%, Shutterstock ( SSTK), up 16.7%, EnviroStar ( EVI), up 10.2% and Versar ( VSR), up 9.6%.

Vantiv, Inc. provides electronic integrated payment processing services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. Vantiv has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 33.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Vantiv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vantiv as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, RMG Networks ( RMGN), down 10.9%, Universal Security Instruments ( UUU), down 8.1%, Document Security Systems ( DSS), down 7.6% and Command Security Corporation ( MOC), down 7.5% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) 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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