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Federated Investors Inc. (FII): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Federated Investors ( FII) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Federated Investors fell 25 cents (-1.1%) to $22.97 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Federated Investors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.82-$23.16 after having opened the day at $23.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.22. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), down 4.4%, Cowen Group ( COWN), down 4.2%, JMP Group ( JMP), down 4.2%, and Resource America Inc. CL A ( REXI), down 2.7%.

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Federated Investors, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Federated Investors has a market cap of $2.42 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Federated Investors a buy, five analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Federated Investors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 12.1%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 4.7%, SLM ( SLM), up 4.2%, and Orix Corporation ( IX), up 3.4%, were all gainers within the financial services industry with Discover Financial Services ( DFS) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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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