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Nomura Holdings Inc. (NMR): Today's Featured Financial Services Loser

The financial services industry closed the day up 1%. FXCM Inc ( FXCM), Cash Store Financial Services Inc ( CSFS), Noah Holdings ( NOAH), and Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH) were all decliners today within the financial services industry with Nomura Holdings Inc ( NMR) being today's featured financial services loser. Nomura Holdings Inc fell 3 cents (-0.8%) to $3.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 301,580 shares of Nomura Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 480,100 shares.

Nomura Holdings, Inc. provides financial services in Japan and internationally. The company operates in three divisions: Retail, Asset Management, and Wholesale. The Retail division primarily offers investment consultation services to retail clients. Nomura Holdings Inc has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.8, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 24.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 40.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nomura as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Stream Global Services Inc ( SGS), Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group Inc ( RODM), Palmetto Bancshares Inc ( PLMT), and FirstCity Financial Corporation ( FCFC) were all gainers within the financial services industry with Goldman Sachs Group Inc ( GS) being today's featured financial services industry winner.

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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