NYSE Euronext

(

NYX

) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, NYSE Euronext fell 46 cents (-1.8%) to $25.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of NYSE Euronext exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.38-$26.01 after having opened the day at $25.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.94. Other company's within the Financial Services industry that declined today were:

LPL Financial Holdings

(

LPLA

), down 12.6%,

Ampal-American Israel Corporation

(

AMPL

), down 5.7%,

Epoch Holding Corporation

(

EPHC

), down 4.8%, and

KKR

(

KKR

), down 4%.

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NYSE Euronext, through its subsidiaries, operates securities exchanges. It operates various stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE Amex LLC in the United States; and five European-based exchanges that comprise Euronext N.V. NYSE Euronext has a market cap of $6.68 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, equal to the average financial services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are six analysts that rate NYSE Euronext a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NYSE Euronext as a

buy

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Millennium India Acquisition Corporation

(

SMCG

), up 9%,

Newtek Business Services

(

NEWT

), up 6.7%,

Cash Store Financial Services

(

CSFS

), up 5.1%, and

Investors Capital Holdings

(

ICH

), up 4.2%, were all gainers within the financial services industry with

Affiliated Managers Group

(

AMG

) 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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