Franklin Resources Inc. (BEN): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Franklin Resources ( BEN) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Franklin Resources fell $2.98 (-2.3%) to $128.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 774,754 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 657,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $127.45-$129.26 after having opened the day at $128.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $131.11. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 30.8%, CIT Group ( CIT), down 8.8%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 8.7%, and Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), down 6.4%.
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Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $27.75 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, 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 35.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Franklin Resources a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franklin Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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