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American Express



) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, American Express rose $0.95 (1.3%) to $75.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,062,568 shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,798,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $74.75-$76.07 after having opened the day at $74.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.41. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were:




), up 9.3%,

NewStar Financial



), up 4.5%,

Security National Financial Corporation



), up 4.5% and

GFI Group



), up 3.4%.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $82.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 30.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Express

as a


. 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 notable return on equity. 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 negative front,

Solar Capital



), down 8.9%,

Global X Silver Miners ETF



), down 4.0%,

MoneyGram International



), down 3.8% and

Federal Agricultural Mortgage



), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with

T. Rowe Price Group



) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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Financial Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider

Proshares Short Financials




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