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 0.7%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated rose $2.06 (2.8%) to $74.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,792,688 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,501,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $73.14-$74.91 after having opened the day at $73.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.84. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: iPath Global Carbon ETN ( GRN), up 17.8%, Credit Suisse ( XIV), up 9.7%, Direxion Daily Latin America Bull 3X Shares ( LBJ), up 8.9% and QIWI PLC ADR ( QIWI), up 8.3%.

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 $84.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 12.8% 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, Credit Suisse ( TVIX), down 19.1%, C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index TR ETN ( CVOL), down 15.1%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 15.0% and Credit Suisse ( VIIX), down 10.0%.

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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