KBR Inc (KBR): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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KBR ( KBR) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, KBR fell $1.61 (-6.2%) to $24.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,432,712 shares of KBR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,393,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.22-$24.97 after having opened the day at $24.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.84. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: China Yida ( CNYD), down 11.2%, Ambassadors Group ( EPAX), down 11.0%, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers ( RBA), down 7.2% and Napco Security Systems ( NSSC), down 6.3%.

KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. The company's Gas Monetization segment designs and constructs liquefied natural gas and gas-to-liquids facilities. KBR has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate KBR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KBR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Cadiz ( CDZI), up 29.4%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 10.5%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 7.6% and Carbonite ( CARB), up 5.3% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Visa ( V) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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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