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 0.7%. By the end of trading, United Rentals rose $1.98 (2.2%) to $93.47 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,009,390 shares of United Rentals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,796,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $92.61-$96.00 after having opened the day at $94.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.49. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: PowerSecure International ( POWR), up 8.2%, Acacia Research Corporation ( ACTG), up 7.4%, Cinedigm ( CIDM), up 7.0% and ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), up 6.9%.

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 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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, MoneyGram International ( MGI), down 17.7%, Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), down 7.2%, Net 1 Ueps Technologies ( UEPS), down 5.5% and Western Union Company ( WU), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA) 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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