MasterCard Inc (MA): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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MasterCard ( MA) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, MasterCard fell $1.17 (-1.6%) to $73.36 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,015,434 shares of MasterCard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,078,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.06-$74.50 after having opened the day at $74.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.53. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: InterCloud Systems ( ICLD), down 10.4%, Brink's ( BCO), down 5.5%, Trinet Group ( TNET), down 5.1% and Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 4.5%.

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 has a market cap of $83.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate MasterCard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard 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, 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 positive front, Tarena International Inc ADR ( TEDU), up 8.2%, ManpowerGroup ( MAN), up 7.1%, ENGlobal ( ENG), up 5.7% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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