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CME Group

(

CME

) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, CME Group rose $0.75 (1.0%) to $75.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,874,450 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,883,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $74.50-$75.50 after having opened the day at $74.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.56. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

OptimumBank Holdings

(

OPHC

), up 8.2%,

Altisource Asset Management Corporation

(

AAMC

), up 8.2%,

RCS Capital Corp Class A

(

RCAP

), up 8.2% and

Carolina Trust Bank

(

CART

), up 7.0%.

CME Group Inc. operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX COMEX, and KCBT futures exchanges worldwide. It operates CBOT exchange, a marketplace for trading agricultural and the U.S. CME Group has a market cap of $24.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 44.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

CME Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. 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,

Porter Bancorp

(

PBIB

), down 9.7%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage II

(

VRTB

), down 8.3%,

GAIN Capital Holdings

(

GCAP

), down 6.3% and

American Realty Investors

(

ARL

), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the financial sector with

Zions

(

ZION

) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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