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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 0.1%. By the end of trading, BlackRock rose $5.02 (1.7%) to $307.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 900,560 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 729,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $301.56-$307.82 after having opened the day at $304.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $302.58. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were:

Manhattan Bridge Capital

(

LOAN

), up 9.4%,

HD Supply Holdings

(

HDS

), up 8.2%,

Siebert Financial Corporation

(

SIEB

), up 6.4% and

Investment Technology Group

(

ITG

), up 5.8%.

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 $50.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

Paulson Capital

(

PLCC

), down 9.0%,

First Cash Financial Services

(

FCFS

), down 6.7%,

First Marblehead Corporation

(

FMD

), down 5.7% and

Equus Total Return

(

EQS

), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with

MasterCard Incorporated

(

MA

) 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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