Myriad Genetics Inc. (MYGN): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Myriad Genetics ( MYGN) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Myriad Genetics fell $0.39 (-1.6%) to $24.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,013,887 shares of Myriad Genetics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,532,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.89-$24.55 after having opened the day at $24.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.39. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 19.8%, Spar Group ( SGRP), down 8.5%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 6.9% and China Yida ( CNYD), down 4.9%.

Myriad Genetics, Inc., a molecular diagnostic company, focuses on the development and marketing of predictive medicine, personalized medicine, and prognostic medicine tests primarily in the United States. Myriad Genetics has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Myriad Genetics a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Myriad Genetics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 14.5%, Mastech Holdings ( MHH), up 8.8%, Lionbridge Technologies ( LIOX), up 8.6% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 8.6% , 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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