MasterCard Incorporated (MA): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated rose $11.67 (1.4%) to $817.05 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,281,894 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 559,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $807.04-$823.21 after having opened the day at $807.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $805.38. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 14.5%, Mastech Holdings ( MHH), up 8.8%, Lionbridge Technologies ( LIOX), up 8.6% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 8.6%.

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 $92.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 63.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, increase 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 negative front, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 19.8%, Spar Group ( SGRP), down 8.5%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 6.9% and China Yida ( CNYD), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Myriad Genetics ( MYGN) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the diversified services industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the diversified services industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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