United Rentals Inc (URI): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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United Rentals ( URI) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, United Rentals rose $2.41 (3.2%) to $76.87 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,307,871 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,446,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $74.88-$78.14 after having opened the day at $74.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.46. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Furiex Pharmaceuticals ( FURX), up 129.9%, General Employment ( JOB), up 36.6%, Lionbridge Technologies ( LIOX), up 29.4% and Spar Group ( SGRP), up 7.4%.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It offers approximately 3,300 classes of equipment for rent to customers comprising construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. United Rentals has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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 negative front, SmartPros ( SPRO), down 13.3%, Green Dot ( GDOT), down 8.2%, Multi-Color Corporation ( LABL), down 7.2% and Cass Information Systems ( CASS), down 6.3%.

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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