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MasterCard Incorporated

(

MA

) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated rose $0.78 (1.0%) to $76.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,284,300 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,805,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.52-$76.97 after having opened the day at $76.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.96. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were:

TeleTech Holdings

(

TTEC

), up 11.5%,

GP Strategies Corporation

(

GPX

), up 6.6%,

Acacia Research Corporation

(

ACTG

), up 5.7% and

Aircastle

(

AYR

), up 4.9%.

MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $86.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

MasterCard Incorporated

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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,

Swisher Hygiene

TheStreet Recommends

(

SWSH

), down 7.3%,

LoJack Corporation

(

LOJN

), down 6.5%,

Acorn Energy

(

ACFN

), down 6.3% and

Intersections

(

INTX

), down 5.6% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with

Western Union Company

(

WU

) 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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