Visa Inc. (V): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

The diversified services industry closed the day down 0.3%. Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), Exponent Inc ( EXPO), Phoenix New Media Ltd ADR ( FENG), and Command Security Corporation ( MOC) were all winners today within the diversified services industry with Visa Inc ( V) being today's featured diversified services winner. Visa Inc rose $1.27 (1.4%) to $91.35 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.2 million shares of Visa Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares.

Visa Inc. operates retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa Inc has a market cap of $49 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19, above the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 17.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa as a buy. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Hudson Technology Inc ( HDSN), Princeton Review Inc ( REVU), Carbonite Inc ( CARB), and Global Education and Technology Group ( GEDU) 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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