Verisk Analytics Inc. (VRSK): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Verisk Analytics fell $1.42 (-2.2%) to $63.78 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,268,640 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 783,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.71-$67.48 after having opened the day at $67.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.20. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: UTi Worldwide ( UTIW), down 29.6%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 13.5%, Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB ( VLRS), down 13.1% and LightInTheBox ( LITB), down 12.4%.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytics methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, financial, and healthcare industries primarily in the United States. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verisk Analytics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 positive front, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 106.6%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 24.2%, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 20.3% and ExamWorks Group ( EXAM), up 17.2% , were all gainers within the services sector with Dollar General Corporation ( DG) being today's featured services sector leader.

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