Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Verisk Analytics fell $0.79 (-1.2%) to $64.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 725,094 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 607,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $64.28-$64.86 after having opened the day at $64.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.16. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Team ( TISI), down 13.9%, Resources Connection ( RECN), down 11.6%, China Yida ( CNYD), down 8.6% and Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 6.7%.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytics methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, financial, and healthcare industries primarily in the United States. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verisk Analytics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 positive front, Corporate Resource Services ( CRRS), up 22.7%, eLong ( LONG), up 20.5%, Global Payments ( GPN), up 11.4% and EnviroStar ( EVI), up 8.3% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Fleetcor Technologies ( FLT) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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