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Franklin Resources



) 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, Franklin Resources rose $1.13 (2.1%) to $55.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,861,911 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,422,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.60-$55.70 after having opened the day at $54.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.52. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were:

Consumer Portfolio Services



), up 10.0%,

WisdomTree Investments



), up 7.8%,

Atlanticus Holdings



), up 6.4% and

ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology



), up 6.0%.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $33.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Franklin Resources

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase 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,

Tile Shop Holdings

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), down 12.3%,

ProShares UltraShort Nasdaq Biotechnology



), down 6.2%,

DFC Global



), down 6.1% and

Cornerstone Total Return Fund



), down 4.1% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with

Waddell & Reed Financial



) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider

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