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Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW): Today's Featured Financial Services Loser

Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services loser. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab fell 14 cents (-1%) to $14.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10.6 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.12-$14.38 after having opened the day at $14.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.28. Other company's within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), down 7.9%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 6.9%, CIFC ( DFR), down 6.9%, and First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), down 6.6%.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, and related financial services to individuals and institutional clients. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $18.21 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 21.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Palmetto ( PLMT), up 8.5%, MicroFinancial ( MFI), up 8.3%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 7.7%, and San Juan Basin Royalty ( SJT), up 5.7%, were all gainers within the financial services industry with E*Trade Financial ( ETFC) 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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