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MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated fell $11.24 (-1.8%) to $618.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 524,349 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 689,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $615.64-$624.79 after having opened the day at $623.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $629.98. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 10.2%, Pzena Investment Management ( PZN), down 6.0%, Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), down 5.1% and Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), down 5.0%.

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 $73.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 28.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), up 7.6%, Atlanticus Holdings ( ATLC), up 5.2%, Global X Silver Miners ETF ( SIL), up 3.4% and Dominion Resources Black Warrior ( DOM), up 3.1% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with CME Group ( CME) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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