Diversified Services Standout MasterCard Incorporated (MA) Making Gains Today

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MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated rose $9.87 (1.9%) to $531.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 523,025 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 652,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $522.06-$531.58 after having opened the day at $523.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $521.71. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Innotrac Corporation ( INOC), up 10.5%, PowerSecure International ( POWR), up 6.7%, CIBT Education Group ( MBA), up 6.6%, and Huron Consulting Group ( HURN), up 5.7%.
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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 $62.87 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine 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.

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