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

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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 0.7%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated fell $5.91 (-1.0%) to $570.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 568,071 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 553,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $569.61-$580.60 after having opened the day at $575.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $576.16. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Fortune Industries ( FFI), down 11.8%, National Research Corporation ( NRCIB), down 7.1%, AeroCentury Corporation ( ACY), down 5.8% and Bright Horizons Family Solutions ( BFAM), down 5.5%.
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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 $67.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, increase 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, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 18.5%, Document Security Systems ( DSS), down 13.1%, Spar Group ( SGRP), down 9.1% and EnviroStar ( EVI), down 5.7% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with ManpowerGroup ( MAN) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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