Invesco Ltd. (IVZ): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Invesco ( IVZ) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Invesco fell 41 cents (-1.6%) to $24.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.56-$24.99 after having opened the day at $24.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.01. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), down 6.8%, Cohen & Steers ( CNS), down 3.6%, Investment Technology Group ( ITG), down 3.5%, and Federated Investors ( FII), down 3.4%.

Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to individuals, typically high net worth individuals. It also manages accounts for institutions. The firm manages separate client focused equity, fixed income, balanced portfolios. Invesco has a market cap of $11.03 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, 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 24.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Invesco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Invesco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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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