The financial services industry closed the day down 2%. China Ceramics ( CCCL), Mesabi ( MSB), PowerShares DB Agriculture Double Short ETN ( AGA), and MicroFinancial Inc ( MFI) were all winners today within the financial services industry with Brookfield Asset Management Inc ( BAM) being today's featured financial services winner. Brookfield Asset Management Inc rose 27 cents (1%) to $27.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Brookfield Asset Management Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company with approximately $50 billion in assets under management. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management Inc has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.4, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 7.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Ameritrans Capital Corporation ( AMTC), Stream Global Services Inc ( SGS), Piper Jaffray Cos ( PJC), and Knight Capital Group Inc ( KCG) 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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