The

diversified services

industry closed the day down 0.1%.

China Yida

(

CNYD

),

China Education Alliance Inc

(

CEU

),

VCA Antech Inc

(

WOOF

), and

ExamWorks Group Inc

(

EXAM

) were all winners today within the diversified services industry with

MasterCard Incorporated

(

MA

) being today's featured diversified services winner. MasterCard Incorporated rose $5.43 (1.6%) to $354.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 971,840 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares.

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and related services to customers principally in support of their credit, deposit access, electronic cash and automated teller machine payment card programs, and travelers' cheque programs. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $39.5 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, 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 55.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth 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 negative front,

VSE Corporation

(

VSEC

),

HMS Holdings Corporation

(

HMSY

),

CRA International Inc

(

CRAI

), and

Cadiz Inc

(

CDZI

) were all losers within the diversified services industry with

Moody's Corporation

(

MCO

) being today's diversified services industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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