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 1.4%. By the end of trading, Goldman Sachs Group rose $1.85 (1.2%) to $153.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,634,719 shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,903,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $152.61-$154.99 after having opened the day at $153.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $151.66. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were:

WisdomTree Investments



), up 8.1%,

Orix Corporation



), up 7.0%,

Consumer Portfolio Services



), up 6.5% and

Evercore Partners



), up 5.1%.

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 $70.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

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, attractive valuation levels, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Security National Financial Corporation



), down 7.7%,

First Marblehead Corporation



), down 4.3%,

United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund



), down 3.7% and

SP Bancorp



), down 3.5%.

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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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