Mercadolibre Inc. (MELI): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

Mercadolibre ( MELI) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Mercadolibre rose $1.89 (2%) to $96.74 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 808,202 shares of Mercadolibre exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 485,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $92.71-$99.50 after having opened the day at $95.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.85. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Gen-Probe ( GPRO), up 18.7%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 15.6%, American Learning ( ALRN), up 12.8%, and Fortune Industries ( FFI), up 11.1%.

MercadoLibre, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, hosts online commerce and payments platforms in Latin America. Its services are designed to provide its users with mechanisms to buy, sell, pay for, and collect on e-commerce transactions. Mercadolibre has a market cap of $4.08 billion and is part of the services sector. Currently there are four analysts that rate Mercadolibre a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mercadolibre as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. 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, China Yida ( CNYD), down 14.2%, ATA ( ATAI), down 9.5%, Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), down 7.7%, and SuperMedia ( SPMD), down 7.5%, were all losers within the diversified services industry with Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) being today's diversified services industry loser.

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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