H&R Block Inc (HRB): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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H&R Block ( HRB) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, H&R Block fell $0.93 (-3.0%) to $29.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,979,933 shares of H&R Block exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,178,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.68-$30.97 after having opened the day at $30.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.90. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 18.2%, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), down 13.5%, Liquidity Service ( LQDT), down 12.0% and Qunar Cayman Islands ( QUNR), down 11.6%.

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation and related services to the general public in the United States, Canada, and Australia. H&R Block has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate H&R Block a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates H&R Block as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, Birks Group ( BGI), up 7.7%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 6.1%, Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), up 6.0% and CHC Group ( HELI), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the services sector with Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) 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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