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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Visa fell $2.11 (-1.3%) to $158.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $158.53-$160.64 after having opened the day at $160.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $160.66. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Team ( TISI), down 19.4%, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances ( ULTA), down 16.1%, RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE), down 11.4%, and Planet Payment ( PLPM), down 8.9%.
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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 $84.37 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Ambow Education ( AMBO), up 53.5%, CIBT Education Group ( MBA), up 28.9%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 22.6%, and New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 8.4%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Apollo Group ( APOL) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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