MasterCard Incorporated (MA): Today's Highlighted Laggard In Diversified Services

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MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated fell $6.73 (-1.3%) to $527.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 795,825 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 682,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $523.15-$534.36 after having opened the day at $534 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $534.37. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), down 16.5%, Mistras Group ( MG), down 10.9%, Tetra Tech ( TTEK), down 8.1%, and FTI Consulting ( FCN), down 7%.
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MasterCard Incorporated, 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 $62.71 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight 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 revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Daegis ( DAEG), up 18.2%, Onvia ( ONVI), up 9%, RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE), up 7.7%, and Shutterstock ( SSTK), up 7%, were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Tyco International ( TYC) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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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