CIT Group Inc (CIT): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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CIT Group ( CIT) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, CIT Group rose 50 cents (1.2%) to $40.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 734,307 shares of CIT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.14-$41.11 after having opened the day at $40.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.31. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: SP Bancorp ( SPBC), up 10.6%, Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), up 7.1%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), up 4.7%, and Blackstone Group ( BX), up 4.5%.
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CIT Group Inc. operates as the holding company for CIT bank that provides commercial financing, leasing products, and other services to small and middle market businesses. CIT Group has a market cap of $8.06 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate CIT Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CIT Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Greenhill ( GHL), down 8%, Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. Class A ( OPY), down 7.8%, SWS Group ( SWS), down 6.5%, and Artio Global Investors ( ART), down 5.2%, were all laggards within the financial services industry with Morgan Stanley ( MS) 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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