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 0.3%. By the end of trading, ADT Corporation fell $0.80 (-2.5%) to $30.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,781,734 shares of ADT Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,529,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.76-$31.67 after having opened the day at $31.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.70. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 13.5%, ITT Educational Services ( ESI), down 9.0%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 7.2% and WidePoint Corporation ( WYY), down 4.6%.

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 $5.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate ADT Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ADT Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

On the positive front, ExamWorks Group ( EXAM), up 17.2%, Learning Tree International ( LTRE), up 8.8%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), up 8.6% and YY ( YY), up 5.7% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Mercadolibre ( MELI) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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