McGraw Hill Financial Inc (MHFI): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, McGraw Hill Financial fell $1.85 (-2.5%) to $71.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,509,039 shares of McGraw Hill Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,167,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.75-$74.13 after having opened the day at $74.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.81. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Envestnet ( ENV), down 6.3%, Mastech Holdings ( MHH), down 6.2%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 5.7% and MGT Capital Investments ( MGT), down 5.7%.

McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., a financial intelligence company, provides credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics to capital and commodity markets worldwide. McGraw Hill Financial has a market cap of $20.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate McGraw Hill Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw Hill Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 11.6%, WidePoint Corporation ( WYY), up 8.7%, Willdan Group ( WLDN), up 6.5% and Daegis ( DAEG), up 4.1% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) 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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