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) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Visa rose $3.76 (1.7%) to $220.88 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,991,754 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,079,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $216.31-$226.00 after having opened the day at $225.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $217.12. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were:

General Employment



), up 43.3%,

Internet Patents



), up 9.5%,

ARC Document Solutions



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), up 6.8% and

Genetic Technologies



), up 6.6%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, is engaged in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $111.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates


as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

ITT Educational Services



), down 21.1%,




), down 15.8%,

Ascent Capital Group



), down 6.2% and

MGT Capital Investments



), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with

ADT Corporation



) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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