The ADT Corporation (ADT): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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ADT Corporation ( ADT) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, ADT Corporation fell $6.41 (-16.9%) to $31.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 36,608,476 shares of ADT Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,176,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.56-$33.13 after having opened the day at $31.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.81. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: ITT Educational Services ( ESI), down 21.1%, Carbonite ( CARB), down 15.8%, Ascent Capital Group ( ASCMA), down 6.2% and MGT Capital Investments ( MGT), down 5.9%.

The ADT Corporation provides electronic security, interactive home and business automation, and related monitoring services under the ADT, ADT Pulse, and Companion Service brands to residential and small business customers in the United States and Canada. ADT Corporation has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate ADT Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ADT Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive.

On the positive front, General Employment ( JOB), up 43.3%, Internet Patents ( PTNT), up 9.5%, ARC Document Solutions ( ARC), up 6.8% and Genetic Technologies ( GENE), up 6.6% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Visa ( V) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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