Visa Inc. (V): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

Visa ( V) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Visa fell $2.69 (-1.4%) to $188.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,883,832 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,968,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $188.06-$192.77 after having opened the day at $191.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $190.79. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Taomee Holdings ( TAOM), down 15.7%, WidePoint Corporation ( WYY), down 10.1%, Document Security Systems ( DSS), down 6.7% and Portfolio Recovery Associates ( PRAA), down 6.0%.

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 $96.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 25.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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, Luna Innovations ( LUNA), up 40.8%, ENGlobal Corporation ( ENG), up 12.6%, Daegis ( DAEG), up 12.5% and SmartPros ( SPRO), up 10.8% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Paychex ( PAYX) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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