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

Visa ( V) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Visa fell $1.63 (-1.3%) to $123.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.4 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $121.04-$124.05 after having opened the day at $123.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.28. Other company's within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Bridgepoint Education ( BPI), down 33.7%, Ambow Education ( AMBO), down 13.4%, Cenveo ( CVO), down 9.8%, and Daegis ( DAEG), down 8.4%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of 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 has a market cap of $67.06 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 29.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

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 positive front, Teamstaff ( TSTF), up 13.7%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), up 13.7%, Willdan Group ( WLDN), up 11.5%, and China Distance Education Holdings ( DL), up 9.7%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Paychex ( PAYX) 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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