The financial services industry closed the day up 3.5%. SGOCO Group ( SGOC), Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), Consumer Portfolio Services Inc ( CPSS), and Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group Inc ( RODM) were all decliners today within the financial services industry with Penson Worldwide Inc ( PNSN) being today's featured financial services loser. Penson Worldwide Inc fell 5 cents (-3.6%) to $1.35 on light volume. Throughout the day, 116,167 shares of Penson Worldwide Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 202,600 shares.

Penson Worldwide, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of critical securities and futures processing infrastructure products and services to the financial services industry. Penson Worldwide Inc has a market cap of $37.5 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 70.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Penson Worldwide as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Pzena Investment Management Inc ( PZN), Millennium India Acquisition Company Incor ( SMCG), Noah Holdings ( NOAH), and NewStar Financial Inc ( NEWS) were all gainers within the financial services industry with Goldman Sachs Group Inc ( GS) 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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