Fiserv Inc. (FISV): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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Fiserv ( FISV) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Fiserv rose $1.48 (1.7%) to $88.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 924,889 shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 615,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $86.40-$88.13 after having opened the day at $86.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.52. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 17.9%, General Employment ( JOB), up 12.3%, Cenveo ( CVO), up 8.3% and ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), up 6.7%.
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Fiserv, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology solutions worldwide. Fiserv has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Fiserv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fiserv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Hudson Global ( HSON), down 9.7%, SmartPros ( SPRO), down 8.8%, Food Technology Service ( VIFL), down 7.9% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with H&R Block ( HRB) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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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