Fiserv Inc. (FISV): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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Fiserv ( FISV) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Fiserv fell $0.88 (-1.6%) to $54.85 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,092,329 shares of Fiserv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,079,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $54.43-$55.99 after having opened the day at $55.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.73. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: 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%.

Fiserv, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology worldwide. Fiserv has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Fiserv a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fiserv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Maximus ( MMS), up 19.6%, Trueblue ( TBI), up 12.5%, eLong ( LONG), up 11.3% and Alliance Data Systems Corporation ( ADS), up 10.4% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Visa ( V) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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