The financial services industry closed the day down 3.1%. Merriman Holdings Inc ( MERR), ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Commodity ( CMD), PowerShares DB Agriculture Double Short ETN ( AGA), and China Direct Industries Inc ( CDII) were all winners today within the financial services industry with Orix Corporation ( IX) being today's featured financial services winner. Orix Corporation rose 85 cents (2.3%) to $38.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,139 shares of Orix Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 43,400 shares.

ORIX Corporation provides financial products and services to corporate and retail customers in Japan and internationally. The company operates in six segments: Corporate Financial Services, Maintenance Leasing, Real Estate, Investment Banking, Retail, and Overseas Business. Orix Corporation has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 10.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Orix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has not been very careful in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front, Epoch Holding Corporation ( EPHC), Stream Global Services Inc ( SGS), Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), and Pzena Investment Management Inc ( PZN) were all losers within the financial services industry with Goldman Sachs Group Inc ( GS) 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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