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Blackstone Group



) 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, Blackstone Group rose $0.39 (1.2%) to $33.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,169,096 shares of Blackstone Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,997,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.97-$33.81 after having opened the day at $33.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.96. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were:

iPath Global Carbon ETN



), up 11.6%,

LiqTech International



), up 10.1%,




), up 10.0% and

PowerShares DB Commodity Long ETN



), up 7.8%.

The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Blackstone Group has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Blackstone Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Blackstone Group

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 negative front,

Cash Store Financial Services



), down 23.8%,

Direxion Daily Russia Bull 3X Shares



), down 6.8%,

Teucrium Sugar Fund



), down 6.5% and

ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology



), down 5.9%.

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



) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider

Proshares Short Financials




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