The financial services industry closed the day up 1.5%. Community Bankers Trust Corporation ( BTC), MicroFinancial Inc ( MFI), Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), and Gleacher & Co Inc ( GLCH) were all decliners today within the financial services industry with NYSE Euronext Inc ( NYX) being today's featured financial services loser. NYSE Euronext Inc fell 25 cents (-0.9%) to $26.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of NYSE Euronext Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares.

NYSE Euronext, through its subsidiaries, operates securities exchanges. It operates various stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE Amex LLC in the United States; and five European-based exchanges that comprise Euronext N.V. NYSE Euronext Inc has a market cap of $7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, 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 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates NYSE Euronext as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Cash Store Financial Services Inc ( CSFS), Capital One Financial ( COF), ProShares Ultra KBW Regional Banking ( KRU), and Stream Global Services Inc ( SGS) 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).