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American Express

(

AXP

) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, American Express fell $1.60 (-1.9%) to $85.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,722,410 shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,779,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $84.91-$85.91 after having opened the day at $85.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.62. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were:

DFC Global

(

DLLR

), down 28.9%,

iPath Dow Jones-UBS Lead Total Return Sub-I

(

LD

), down 19.2%,

PowerShares DB Base Metals Long ETN

(

BDG

), down 10.0% and

Credit Suisse

(

XIV

), down 7.7%.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $91.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Express

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,

Siebert Financial Corporation

(

SIEB

), up 30.7%,

Credit Suisse

(

TVIX

), up 16.7%,

C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index TR ETN

(

CVOL

), up 15.2% and

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN

(

VXX

), up 8.4% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with

Blackstone Group

(

BX

) 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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