MasterCard Incorporated (MA): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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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 0.4%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated fell $0.94 (-1.1%) to $82.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,545,694 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,676,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $81.92-$83.81 after having opened the day at $83.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.30. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Direxion Daily China Bull 3X Shares ( YINN), down 12.9%, ProShares Ultra FTSE China 25 ( XPP), down 8.8%, QIWI PLC ADR ( QIWI), down 7.9% and Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares ( DUST), down 7.8%.

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 $94.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 positive front, Direxion Daily China Bear 3X Shares ( YANG), up 13.3%, Barclays Short B Leveraged Inverse S&P 500 ( BXDB), up 9.3%, ProShares UltraShort FTSE China 25 ( FXP), up 8.7% and Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares ( NUGT), up 7.7%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial services industry could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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