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BlackRock

(

BLK

) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, BlackRock rose $4.16 (1.4%) to $307.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 421,137 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 657,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $303.58-$307.86 after having opened the day at $304.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $303.44. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were:

Pzena Investment Management

(

PZN

), up 10.6%,

First Marblehead Corporation

(

FMD

), up 7.2%,

FBR

(

FBRC

), up 6.7% and

Atlanticus Holdings

(

ATLC

), up 5.9%.

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 $50.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 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, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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(

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