Interactive Brokers Group Inc. (IBKR): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

Interactive Brokers Group Inc ( IBKR) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, Interactive Brokers Group Inc rose 16 cents (1.1%) to $15.38 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Interactive Brokers Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 728,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.28-$16.42 after having opened the day at $15.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.22. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Merriman Holdings Inc ( MERR), up 12.5%, Marine Petroleum ( MARPS), up 6.6%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 5.3%, and Community Bankers Trust Corporation ( BTC), up 5%.

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. operates as an automated global electronic market maker and broker. It engages in routing orders, and executing and processing trades in securities, futures, and foreign exchange instruments on approximately 90 electronic exchanges and trading venues worldwide. Interactive Brokers Group Inc has a market cap of $667.1 million and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 74.3, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 33.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Interactive Brokers Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally poor debt management.

On the negative front, Fortress Investment Group ( FIG), down 11.9%, Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), down 11.9%, Jefferies Group Inc ( JEF), down 9.9%, and Janus Capital Group Inc ( JNS), down 9.1%, were all losers within the financial services industry with Charles Schwab ( SCHW) being today's financial services industry loser.

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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