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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, ADT Corporation fell $0.60 (-1.9%) to $30.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,962,432 shares of ADT Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,313,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.44-$32.27 after having opened the day at $31.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.53. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Versar ( VSR), down 10.2%, Daegis ( DAEG), down 5.7%, Napco Security Systems ( NSSC), down 5.4% and PDI ( PDII), down 5.3%.

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 $5.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 22.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates ADT Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, InterCloud Systems ( ICLD), up 17.2%, LoJack Corporation ( LOJN), up 9.2%, Carbonite ( CARB), up 8.7% and China Distance Education Holdings ( DL), up 8.3% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with AthenaHealth ( ATHN) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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