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NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, NASDAQ OMX Group fell $0.98 (-2.7%) to $34.81 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,516,433 shares of NASDAQ OMX Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,570,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.68-$36.27 after having opened the day at $35.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.79. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Sorrento Therapeutics ( SRNE), down 16.5%, Apollo Global Management ( APO), down 4.0%, Main Street Capital Corporation ( MAIN), down 3.6% and Harris & Harris Group ( TINY), down 3.2%.

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. delivers trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, and public company services worldwide. It operates in four segments: Market Services, Listing Services, Information Services, and Technology Solutions. NASDAQ OMX Group has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate NASDAQ OMX Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NASDAQ OMX Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, LiqTech International ( LIQT), up 18.1%, Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), up 10.2%, Xoom ( XOOM), up 7.3% and US Global Investors ( GROW), up 5.7% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with CME Group ( CME) 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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