Vantiv Inc (VNTV): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Vantiv ( VNTV) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Vantiv fell $0.68 (-2.4%) to $27.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,593,325 shares of Vantiv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,405,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.97-$28.00 after having opened the day at $28.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.95. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Document Security Systems ( DSS), down 8.6%, Daegis ( DAEG), down 5.7%, Versar ( VSR), down 5.0% and Genetic Technologies ( GENE), down 4.0%.

Vantiv, Inc. provides electronic integrated payment processing services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. Vantiv has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 36.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Vantiv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vantiv as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 22.4%, SmartPros ( SPRO), up 10.3%, WNS holdings ( WNS), up 6.6% and Acorn Energy ( ACFN), up 4.9% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Moody's Corporation ( MCO) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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