The

financial services

industry closed the day up 1.7%.

China Direct Industries Inc

(

CDII

),

Ampal-American Israel Corporation

(

AMPL

),

Artio Global Investors Inc

(

ART

), and

GAIN Capital Holdings Inc

(

GCAP

) were all winners today within the financial services industry with

Goldman Sachs Group Inc

(

GS

) being today's featured financial services winner. Goldman Sachs Group Inc rose $3.54 (3.7%) to $99.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group Inc has a market cap of $50.6 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, 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 42.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates The Goldman Sachs Group as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front,

Noah Holdings

(

NOAH

),

Intervest Bancshares Corporation

(

IBCA

),

Security National Financial Corporation

(

SNFCA

), and

Merriman Holdings Inc

(

MERR

) were all losers within the financial services industry with

MF Global Holdings

(

MF

) being today's financial services industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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