Total System Services Inc (TSS): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Total System Services ( TSS) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Total System Services rose $0.34 (1.1%) to $30.13 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,488,519 shares of Total System Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,503,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.65-$30.20 after having opened the day at $29.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.79. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: RCS Capital ( RCAP), up 8.0%, Siebert Financial ( SIEB), up 5.4%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 4.2% and Rand Capital ( RAND), up 3.5%.

Total System Services, Inc. provides electronic payment processing services to banks and other financial institutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: North America Services, Merchant Services, International Services, and NetSpend. Total System Services has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total System Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group ( OZM), down 9.9%, Altisource Asset Management ( AAMC), down 7.2%, Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), down 5.2% and Fortress Investment Group ( FIG), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with Blackstone Group ( BX) 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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