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

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MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated rose $0.86 (1.1%) to $77.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,731,942 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,663,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $76.48-$77.66 after having opened the day at $76.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.53. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: EnviroStar ( EVI), up 8.2%, MGT Capital Investments ( MGT), up 7.0%, Intersections ( INTX), up 6.3% and Document Security Systems ( DSS), up 5.8%.

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 $88.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate MasterCard Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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, Weight Watchers International ( WTW), down 27.7%, Chegg ( CHGG), down 22.3%, Higher One Holdings ( ONE), down 10.1% and Zillow ( Z), down 10.0% , were all laggards within the diversified services industry with YY ( YY) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

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