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

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Apollo Education Group ( APOL) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Apollo Education Group fell $1.03 (-3.5%) to $28.68 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,829,602 shares of Apollo Education Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,372,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.15-$29.56 after having opened the day at $29.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.71. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: General Employment ( JOB), down 7.0%, RCM Technologies ( RCMT), down 4.0%, Lime Energy ( LIME), down 3.4% and Lincoln Educational Services ( LINC), down 3.3%.

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 $3.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Apollo Education Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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 reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

On the positive front, Corporate Resource Services ( CRRS), up 12.9%, Trinet Group ( TNET), up 7.7%, Zillow ( Z), up 7.7% and Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 7.4% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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