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Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Goldman Sachs Group rose $2.04 (1.2%) to $166.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,206,597 shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,118,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $164.08-$167.41 after having opened the day at $164.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $164.50. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: PowerShares DB Base Metals Long ETN ( BDG), up 28.4%, PowerShares DB Base Metals Short ETN ( BOS), up 19.3%, Value Line ( VALU), up 10.7% and PowerShares DB Agriculture Double Long ETN ( DAG), up 10.3%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $74.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy.

On the negative front, ProShares UltraShort Russell1000 Value ( SJF), down 6.8%, ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Commodity ( CMD), down 6.1%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), down 5.9% and Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid Index ETN ( CSLS), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with American Capital ( ACAS) 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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