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State Street



) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, State Street fell $1.01 (-1.5%) to $66.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,982,143 shares of State Street exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,068,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $66.18-$67.80 after having opened the day at $67.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.19. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were:

Millennium India Acquisition Corporation



), down 15.1%,

Fortress Investment Group



), down 8.2%,

Orix Corporation



), down 5.7% and

US Global Investors



), down 5.6%.

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State Street Corporation, a financial holding company, provides investment servicing and investment management services to institutional investors worldwide. State Street has a market cap of $30.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 42.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate State Street a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

State Street

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Investors Capital Holdings



), down 6.4%,

Consumer Portfolio Services



), down 3.3%,

Atlanticus Holdings



), down 3.2% and

Federal Agricultural Mortgage



), down 2.7%.

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) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider

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