Ameriprise Financial Inc (AMP): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Ameriprise Financial ( AMP) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Ameriprise Financial rose $1.10 (1.9%) to $58.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.96-$59.14 after having opened the day at $58.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.89. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 16.1%, Piper Jaffray Cos ( PJC), up 7.3%, Fortress Investment Group ( FIG), up 7.1%, and Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), up 6.7%.
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Ameriprise Financial Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $11.84 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 13.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ameriprise Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Newtek Business Services ( NEWT), down 2.4%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Silver ETN S&P GS ( DSLV), down 2%, Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), down 2%, and PowerShares DB Agriculture Double Short ETN ( AGA), down 1.9%, were all laggards within the financial services industry with Blackstone Group ( BX) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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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