Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model


MasterCard Incorporated



) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated fell $5.32 (-1.2%) to $454.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 704,819 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 718,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $453-$465.02 after having opened the day at $464.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $459.86. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were:




), down 11.3%,

Lime Energy



), down 10.8%,




), down 10.1%, and

Fortune Industries



), down 7.1%.

  • ACTIVE STOCK TRADERS: Get full access to Jim Cramer's thoughts for less than $3/week - sometimes before he says them on TV! Start with a 14-Day Free Trial.

MasterCard Incorporated, a payments and technology company, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $55.88 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.9, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard Incorporated as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front,

American Learning



), up 31.5%,

Oxygen Biotherapeutics



), up 16.3%,




), up 13.3%, and

Westway Group



), up 12.8%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with

Hertz Global Holdings



) 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



) while those bearish on the diversified services industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers




FREE from Real Money's Jim Cramer: Winners and Losers Election 2012 - Steps to take NOW so you can profit no matter who is in charge!

Free download now