NYSE Euronext Inc

(

NYX

) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, NYSE Euronext Inc fell 21 cents (-0.8%) to $25.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, 756,376 shares of NYSE Euronext Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.60-$26.15 after having opened the day at $25.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.97. Other company's within the Financial Services industry that declined today were:

CIFC

(

DFR

), down 22.7%,

Nicholas Financial Inc

(

NICK

), down 5.8%,

Resource America Inc. CL A

(

REXI

), down 5.2%, and

Dominion Resources Black Warrior

(

DOM

), down 5%.

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 Inc has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, 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 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates NYSE Euronext 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, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front,

SGOCO Group

(

SGOC

), up 8.9%,

MicroFinancial Inc

(

MFI

), up 3.8%,

Consumer Portfolio Services Inc

(

CPSS

), up 3.2%, and

North European Oil Royalty

(

NRT

), up 2.6%, were all gainers within the financial services industry with

Morgan Stanley

(

MS

) being today's featured financial services industry winner.

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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