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BlackRock

(

BLK

) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, BlackRock fell $4.48 (-1.5%) to $299.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 737,956 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 612,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $298.24-$302.96 after having opened the day at $301.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $303.69. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were:

Credit Suisse

(

DGAZ

), down 31.3%,

Gaming and Leisure Properties

(

GLPI

), down 25.1%,

Corpbanca

(

BCA

TheStreet Recommends

), down 15.7% and

Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares

(

DUST

), down 8.7%.

BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $50.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

BlackRock

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,

Credit Suisse

(

UGAZ

), up 32.2%,

iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Retur

(

GAZ

), up 13.4%,

Credit Suisse

(

TVIX

), up 12.6% and

Carver Bancorp

(

CARV

), up 11.1%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).

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