URS Corporation (URS): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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URS Corporation ( URS) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, URS Corporation rose $1.09 (2.4%) to $46.50 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,355,888 shares of URS Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 897,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.30-$47.12 after having opened the day at $45.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.41. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), up 14.8%, RMG Networks ( RMGN), up 14.4%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 10.6% and Performant Financial ( PFMT), up 9.4%.

URS Corporation provides engineering, construction, and technical services to public agencies and private sector clients worldwide. URS Corporation has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 14.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate URS Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates URS Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, American Public Education ( APEI), down 23.4%, KBR ( KBR), down 13.5%, McGrath RentCorp ( MGRC), down 10.3% and PDI ( PDII), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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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