Visa Inc. (V): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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Visa ( V) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Visa rose $3.40 (1.6%) to $219.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,166,933 shares of Visa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,272,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $215.78-$219.01 after having opened the day at $216.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $215.61. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Maximus ( MMS), up 19.6%, Trueblue ( TBI), up 12.5%, eLong ( LONG), up 11.3% and Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), up 10.4%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $108.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Visa a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Ambassadors Group ( EPAX), down 16.9%, Shutterfly ( SFLY), down 10.8%, Learning Tree International ( LTRE), down 9.7% and Education Management Corporation ( EDMC), down 8.6% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with Fiserv ( FISV) 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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