CME Group Inc. (CME): Today's Featured Financial Services Loser

CME Group ( CME) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, CME Group fell $5.62 (-2%) to $268.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 480,894 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 735,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $267.22-$275.97 after having opened the day at $274.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $274. Other company's within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: 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%.

CME Group Inc. operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX and COMEX futures exchanges worldwide. The company provides a range of products across various asset classes, such as interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather, and real estate. CME Group has a market cap of $18.15 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 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate CME Group a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CME Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the financial services industry with Capital One Financial ( COF) 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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