Goldman Sachs Group

(

GS

) 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, Goldman Sachs Group rose 57 cents (0.6%) to $98.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, five million shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $95.51-$98.51 after having opened the day at $96.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.53. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were:

CD International

(

CDII

), up 11.5%,

Gleacher

(

GLCH

), up 10.9%,

Noah Holdings

(

NOAH

), up 9.7%, and

GFI Group

(

GFIG

), up 6.2%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as a range of financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $47.47 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 13.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Penson Worldwide

(

PNSN

), down 14.3%,

Ampal-American Israel Corporation

(

AMPL

), down 7.4%,

CompuCredit Corporation

(

CCRT

), down 6.2%, and

Paulson Capital

(

PLCC

), down 6%, were all losers within the financial services industry with

T. Rowe Price Group

(

TROW

) being today's financial services industry loser.

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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