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Goldman Sachs 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 1.1%. By the end of trading, Goldman Sachs Group rose $3.42 (2.5%) to $142.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,682,327 shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,372,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $139.92-$143.39 after having opened the day at $140.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $139.52. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were:

Cash Store Financial Services



), up 17.4%,

Security National Financial Corporation



), up 6.8%,




), up 6.7% and

GFI Group



), up 5.6%.

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The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $63.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

Blackhawk Network Holdings



), down 4.5%,




), down 3.2%,

Teucrium Agricultural Fund



), down 3.0% and

Cash America International



), down 2.6% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with




) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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Financial Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider

Proshares Short Financials




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