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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Verisk Analytics fell $0.63 (-1.0%) to $59.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,179,297 shares of Verisk Analytics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 889,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.75-$60.82 after having opened the day at $60.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.50. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Point.360 ( PTSX), down 17.8%, Birks Group ( BGI), down 7.6%, Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), down 7.4% and Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), down 7.0%.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytic methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, financial, and healthcare industries in the United States. Verisk Analytics has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Verisk Analytics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, InterCloud Systems ( ICLD), up 22.6%, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), up 18.2%, Body Central ( BODY), up 16.5% and Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), up 12.7% , were all gainers within the services sector with Las Vegas Sands ( LVS) being today's featured services sector leader.

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