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 down 0.1%. By the end of trading, CME Group fell $1.46 (-0.6%) to $262.05 on light volume. Throughout the day, 396,783 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $261.13-$264.37 after having opened the day at $263.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $263.51. Other company's within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 11.4%, PowerShares DB Agriculture Double Short ETN ( AGA), down 6.5%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 5.7%, and FirstCity Financial Corporation ( FCFC), down 5.3%.

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 $17.62 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, 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 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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