Total System Services Inc. (TSS): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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Total System Services ( TSS) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Total System Services rose $1.19 (4.6%) to $27.19 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,024,081 shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,394,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.32-$27.62 after having opened the day at $26.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.00. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Mastech Holdings ( MHH), up 23.4%, Onvia ( ONVI), up 10.4%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 9.8% and CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), up 8.3%.

Total System Services, Inc. provides payment processing and other services to card-issuing and merchant acquiring institutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: North America Services, International Services, and Merchant Services. Total System Services has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total System Services 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, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 9.0%, ATA ( ATAI), down 6.9%, JTH Holding Inc Class A ( TAX), down 6.6% and Education Management Corporation ( EDMC), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Hertz Global Holdings ( HTZ) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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