Capital One Financial Corp (COF): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

Capital One Financial ( COF) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Capital One Financial rose $1.22 (2.2%) to $56.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of six million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.05-$56.28 after having opened the day at $55.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.84. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), up 14.3%, World Acceptance Corporation ( WRLD), up 7%, FX Alliance ( FX), up 5.5%, and Encore Capital Group ( ECPG), up 5.3%.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA), and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $31.86 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 7.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 11.7%, Palmetto ( PLMT), down 5.7%, Newtek Business Services ( NEWT), down 5.3%, and Principal Financial Group ( PFG), down 5.1%, were all losers within the financial services industry with CME Group ( CME) 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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