Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab rose 20 cents (1.6%) to $13.05 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.7 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.79-$13.06 after having opened the day at $12.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.85. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), up 34.2%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 17.2%, SP Bancorp ( SPBC), up 6.3%, and Walter Investment Management ( WAC), up 6.3%.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, and related financial services to individuals and institutional clients. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $16.59 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 19.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

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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