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 0.3%. By the end of trading, MasterCard Incorporated rose $1.09 (1.4%) to $78.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,478,573 shares of MasterCard Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,588,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $77.54-$78.98 after having opened the day at $77.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.83. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: QIWI ( QIWI), up 7.8%, LiqTech International ( LIQT), up 6.3%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 5.8% and RCS Capital Corp Class A ( RCAP), up 5.4%.

MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. MasterCard Incorporated has a market cap of $87.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 8.5%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), down 6.0%, Tiptree Financial ( TIPT), down 2.9% and CBOE Holdings ( CBOE), down 2.6% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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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