The Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

The financial services industry closed the day up 1.5%. Cash Store Financial Services Inc ( CSFS), Capital One Financial ( COF), ProShares Ultra KBW Regional Banking ( KRU), and Stream Global Services Inc ( SGS) 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 $1.23 (1.2%) to $102.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.9 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 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 $51 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 15.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 40% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Community Bankers Trust Corporation ( BTC), MicroFinancial Inc ( MFI), Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), and Gleacher & Co Inc ( GLCH) were all losers within the financial services industry with NYSE Euronext Inc ( NYX) 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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