Apollo Education Group Inc (APOL): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Apollo Education Group ( APOL) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Apollo Education Group fell $3.10 (-8.8%) to $32.06 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,870,242 shares of Apollo Education Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,306,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.58-$33.80 after having opened the day at $33.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.16. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 10.1%, Body Central ( BODY), down 7.4%, Ku6 Media ( KUTV), down 7.3% and Planet Payment ( PLPM), down 7.0%.

Apollo Education Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides online and on-campus educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Apollo Education Group has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 25.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Apollo Education Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Education Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, VisionChina Media ( VISN), up 17.9%, Point.360 ( PTSX), up 17.4%, Myriad Genetics ( MYGN), up 11.5% and Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment ( DDE), up 8.3% , were all gainers within the services sector with Time Warner Cable ( TWC) being today's featured services sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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