Myriad Genetics Inc. (MYGN): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Myriad Genetics ( MYGN) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Myriad Genetics fell $0.86 (-2.3%) to $36.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,025,098 shares of Myriad Genetics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,659,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.35-$37.36 after having opened the day at $37.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.49. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: NutriSystem ( NTRI), down 10.4%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 7.9%, New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), down 6.8% and Birner Dental Management Services ( BDMS), down 6.6%.

Myriad Genetics, Inc., a molecular diagnostic company, focuses on the development and marketing of predictive medicine, personalized medicine, and prognostic medicine tests primarily in the United States. Myriad Genetics has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 78.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Myriad Genetics a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Myriad Genetics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Management Network Group ( TMNG), up 19.2%, ICF International ( ICFI), up 18.8%, Career Education Corporation ( CECO), up 17.1% and eLong ( LONG), up 9.8% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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