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NYSE Euronext Inc. (NYX): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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NYSE Euronext (NYX) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, NYSE Euronext rose $0.66 (1.7%) to $39.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,557,298 shares of NYSE Euronext exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,903,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.34-$40.11 after having opened the day at $38.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.81. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Atlanticus Holdings (ATLC), up 6.2%, Western Union Company (WU), up 5.6%, US Global Investors (GROW), up 3.7% and Gleacher (GLCH), up 3.2%.

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NYSE Euronext, through its subsidiaries, operates securities exchanges. It operates various stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE MKT LLC in the United States; and European based exchanges comprising Euronext N.V. NYSE Euronext has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate NYSE Euronext a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NYSE Euronext as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, GAMCO Investors (GBL), down 11.1%, GAIN Capital Holdings (GCAP), down 8.3%, Pzena Investment Management (PZN), down 8.2% and Resource America Inc. CL A (REXI), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with BlackRock (BLK) 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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