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Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW): Today's Highlighted Financial Leader

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Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab rose 19 cents (1.1%) to $17.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7.2 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.48-$17.75 after having opened the day at $17.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.50. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 33.3%, First Internet Bancorp ( FIBP), up 10.8%, River Valley Bancorp ( RIVR), up 10.7%, and Palmetto ( PLMT), up 9.8%.

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The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services to individuals and institutional clients. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Institutional Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $22.53 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), down 7.3%, NASB Financial ( NASB), down 6.7%, Crescent Financial ( CRFN), down 6.4%, and Pzena Investment Management ( PZN), down 6.3%, were all laggards within the financial sector with MBIA ( MBI) being today's financial sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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