Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS): Today's Featured Financial Loser

Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Goldman Sachs Group fell $1 (-1.1%) to $94.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $93.67-$95.35 after having opened the day at $94.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.47. Other company's within the Financial sector that declined today were: Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 30.4%, Ohio Legacy Corporation ( OLCB), down 12.7%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 11.4%, and Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 11.1%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as a range of financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $47.18 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 13.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, FX Alliance ( FX), up 39.9%, Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), up 12.6%, Rurban Financial ( RBNF), up 12.4%, and Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), up 11.6%, were all gainers within the financial sector with Apartment Investment & Management ( AIV) 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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