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BlackRock

(

BLK

) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, BlackRock fell $3.98 (-1.3%) to $303.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 542,867 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 776,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $302.79-$307.59 after having opened the day at $305.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $307.60. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were:

QIWI

(

QIWI

), down 7.3%,

Siebert Financial

(

SIEB

), down 5.4%,

A-Mark Precious Metals

(

AMRK

), down 4.2% and

LPL Financial Holdings

(

LPLA

), down 3.9%.

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 $51.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front,

Security National Financial

TheStreet Recommends

(

SNFCA

), up 7.5%,

Harris & Harris Group

(

TINY

), up 5.5%,

JMP Group

(

JMP

), up 5.2% and

Paulson Capital

(

PLCC

), up 4.5% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with

E*Trade Financial

(

ETFC

) 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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