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 0.3%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated fell $7.68 (-1.2%) to $646.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 580,631 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 695,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $645.04-$653.00 after having opened the day at $653.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $654.00. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: Newtek Business Services ( NEWT), down 16.7%, Luna Innovations ( LUNA), down 10.8%, Atlas Resource Partners ( ARP), down 10.2% and General Employment ( JOB), down 10.0%.

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 $74.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 33.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, China Yida ( CNYD), up 47.5%, Digital Generation ( DGIT), up 26.4%, Hackett Group ( HCKT), up 15.0% and Information Services Group ( III), up 14.8% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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