Invesco

(

IVZ

) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Invesco rose 21 cents (1%) to $21.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.32-$21.92 after having opened the day at $21.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.55. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were:

Penson Worldwide

(

PNSN

), up 20%,

CIFC

(

DFR

), up 6.2%,

Cash Store Financial Services

(

CSFS

), up 5%, and

Cowen Group

(

COWN

), up 4.9%.

Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to individuals, typically high net worth individuals. It also manages accounts for institutions. The firm manages separate client focused equity, fixed income, balanced portfolios. Invesco has a market cap of $9.84 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 13.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Invesco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Invesco as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group

(

RODM

), down 13.8%,

San Juan Basin Royalty

(

SJT

), down 6.8%,

Ampal-American Israel Corporation

(

AMPL

), down 5.5%, and

Investors Capital Holdings

(

ICH

), down 4.8%, were all losers within the financial services industry with

CME Group

(

CME

) 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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