IntercontinentalExchange

(

ICE

) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, IntercontinentalExchange rose $1.54 (1.2%) to $125.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 498,967 shares of IntercontinentalExchange exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 570,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $123.39-$126.59 after having opened the day at $124.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.95. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were:

Paulson Capital

(

PLCC

), up 13.7%,

Consumer Portfolio Services

(

CPSS

), up 7.9%,

Carlyle Group

(

CG

), up 5.5%, and

CD International

(

CDII

), up 5.3%.

IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. operates regulated exchanges, clearing houses, and over-the-counter (OTC) markets for agricultural, credit, currency, emissions, energy, and equity index contracts. IntercontinentalExchange has a market cap of $9.07 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 17.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate IntercontinentalExchange a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates IntercontinentalExchange as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

Penson Worldwide

(

PNSN

), down 19.9%,

Dominion Resources Black Warrior

(

DOM

), down 11.5%,

Millennium India Acquisition Corporation

(

SMCG

), down 10.2%, and

Security National Financial Corporation

(

SNFCA

), down 8.4%, were all losers within the financial services industry with

Franklin Resources

(

BEN

) 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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