Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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NYSE Euronext

(

NYX

) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, NYSE Euronext rose 45 cents (1.8%) to $24.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of NYSE Euronext exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.45-$24.86 after having opened the day at $24.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.41. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

PremierWest Bancorp

(

PRWT

), up 17.9%,

VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN

(

DGAZ

), up 10.8%,

Riverview Bancorp

(

RVSB

), up 10.5%, and

Jefferson

(

JFBI

), up 9.9%.

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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 $6.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, 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 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate NYSE Euronext a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NYSE Euronext as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

American Realty Investors

(

ARL

), down 11.9%,

Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio

(

VBFC

), down 11.5%,

OptimumBank Holdings

(

OPHC

), down 8%, and

Tree.com

(

TREE

), down 7.8%, were all laggards within the financial sector with

Prologis

(

PLD

) being today's financial sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).

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