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NASDAQ OMX Group

(

NDAQ

) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, NASDAQ OMX Group fell 52 cents (-2.2%) to $23.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of NASDAQ OMX Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.03-$23.63 after having opened the day at $23.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.72. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were:

Direct Markets Holdings

(

MKTS

), down 7.4%,

Permian Basin Royalty

(

PBT

), down 5.8%,

Credit Suisse

(

DSLV

), down 5.6%, and

Chanticleer Holdings

(

HOTR

), down 3.9%.

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The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. delivers trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, and public company services worldwide. NASDAQ OMX Group has a market cap of $3.89 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 11.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate NASDAQ OMX Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NASDAQ OMX Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

Penson Worldwide

(

PNSN

), up 33.2%,

Millennium India Acquisition Corporation

(

SMCG

), up 11.1%,

US Global Investors

(

GROW

), up 6.2%, and

Security National Financial Corporation

(

SNFCA

), up 4.5%, were all gainers within the financial services industry with

IntercontinentalExchange

(

ICE

) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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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