MasterCard Incorporated (MA): Today's Featured Diversified Services Loser

MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated fell $4.45 (-1%) to $451.45 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 847,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $440-$458.20 after having opened the day at $446.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $455.90. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Opentable ( OPEN), down 15%, USA Technologies ( USAT), down 8.4%, Cleveland BioLabs ( CBLI), down 7.4%, and R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company ( RRD), down 6.9%.

MasterCard Incorporated, a payments and technology company, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $54.86 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.5, 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 22.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven 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 robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), up 22.8%, Edgar Online ( EDGR), up 10.4%, Team Health Holdings ( TMH), up 8.1%, and Avis Budget Group ( CAR), up 7.5%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Verisk Analytics ( VRSK) being today's featured diversified services industry winner.

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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