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

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MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated rose $2.06 (2.6%) to $79.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,662,683 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,877,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.24-$80.55 after having opened the day at $80.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.70. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: iPath GBP/USD Exchange Rate ETN ( GBB), up 10.8%, Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 6.6%, Direxion India Bull 3X Shares ( INDL), up 6.6% and Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares ( DUST), up 6.2%.

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 $91.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.0% 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 negative front, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Retur ( GAZ), down 10.4%, United States Natural Gas Fund ( UNG), down 9.3%, MicroFinancial ( MFI), down 9.1% and C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index TR ETN ( CVOL), down 7.6%.

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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