NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, NASDAQ OMX Group fell 22 cents (-0.9%) to $24.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of NASDAQ OMX Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.98-$24.52 after having opened the day at $24.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.25. Other company's within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Ameritrans Capital Corporation ( AMTC), down 32.4%, Palmetto ( PLMT), down 10.3%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 9.4%, and Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 8.4%.

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. provides trading, clearing, exchange technology, securities listing, and public company services worldwide. NASDAQ OMX Group has a market cap of $4.26 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, equal to the average financial services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate NASDAQ OMX Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NASDAQ OMX Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Gleacher ( GLCH), up 12.2%, White River Capital ( RVR), up 5.6%, Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), up 5%, and Discover Financial Services ( DFS), up 5%, were all gainers within the financial services industry with BlackRock ( BLK) 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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