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

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Visa ( V) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Visa fell $3.49 (-2.2%) to $156.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.3 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $156.30-$160.58 after having opened the day at $160.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.84. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: School Specialty ( SCHS), down 79.9%, Lime Energy ( LIME), down 12.7%, China Yida ( CNYD), down 10%, and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 7.9%.
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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 $84.75 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Visa a buy, one analyst rates 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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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