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Ameriprise Financial

(

AMP

) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Ameriprise Financial rose $1.79 (1.7%) to $108.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,048,746 shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,243,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $107.66-$110.22 after having opened the day at $107.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.02. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were:

Fidus Investment

(

FDUS

), up 7.2%,

Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones-Provi

(

PVD

), up 7.0%,

QIWI

(

QIWI

), up 6.0% and

Affiliated Managers Group

(

AMG

), up 5.0%.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ameriprise Financial

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Sorrento Therapeutics

(

SRNE

), down 6.6%,

Consumer Portfolio Services

(

CPSS

), down 4.4%,

China Ceramics

(

CCCL

), down 3.0% and

H & Q Life Sciences Investors

(

HQL

), down 2.8% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with

LPL Financial Holdings

(

LPLA

) 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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