United Rentals Inc (URI): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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United Rentals ( URI) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, United Rentals rose $2.10 (2.3%) to $94.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,830,620 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,613,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $92.05-$94.83 after having opened the day at $92.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.66. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Kelly Services ( KELYB), up 16.4%, SmartPros ( SPRO), up 14.5%, comScore ( SCOR), up 6.0% and On Assignment ( ASGN), up 5.2%.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It operates in two segments, General Rentals; and Trench Safety, Power and HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning). United Rentals has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 18.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Rentals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 negative front, Cinedigm ( CIDM), down 11.4%, General Employment ( JOB), down 10.8%, China Distance Education Holdings ( DL), down 7.3% and Essex Rental ( ESSX), down 6.3% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with YY ( YY) 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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