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 0.7%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated rose $11.69 (1.4%) to $837.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 702,324 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 600,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $831.00-$839.19 after having opened the day at $831.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $825.59. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Document Security Systems ( DSS), up 17.1%, Limelight Networks ( LLNW), up 12.0%, YY ( YY), up 8.4% and USA Technologies ( USAT), up 8.2%.

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 $96.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 Distance Education Holdings ( DL), down 9.6%, InterCloud Systems ( ICLD), down 8.8%, PDI ( PDII), down 5.2% and Corporate Resource Services ( CRRS), down 4.5% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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