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

Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab fell $0.26 (-1.2%) to $21.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,765,929 shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,552,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.74-$22.28 after having opened the day at $22.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.20. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: LCNB Corporation ( LCNB), down 7.0%, 1st Constitution Bancorp ( FCCY), down 5.1%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 4.8% and Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), down 4.8%.

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 $28.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 54.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Altis Resident ( RESI), up 19.0%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), up 16.7%, Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), up 16.1% and Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 13.3% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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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