NYSE Euronext Inc. (NYX): Today's Featured Financial Loser

NYSE Euronext ( NYX) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, NYSE Euronext fell $1.32 (-4.9%) to $25.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of NYSE Euronext exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.36-$26.48 after having opened the day at $26.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.07. Other company's within the Financial sector that declined today were: Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), down 14.2%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 10.9%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 10.4%, and OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 9%.

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 has a market cap of $6.96 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Currently there are six analysts that rate NYSE Euronext a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NYSE Euronext as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Imperial Holdings ( IFT), up 29.8%, Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), up 17.9%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 14.7%, and PremierWest Bancorp ( PRWT), up 13%, were all gainers within the financial sector with Duke Realty ( DRE) being today's featured financial sector winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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