Bank Of New York Mellon Corp (BK): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Bank of New York Mellon ( BK) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Bank of New York Mellon fell 55 cents (-2.2%) to $24.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, seven million shares of Bank of New York Mellon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.43-$25.30 after having opened the day at $25.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.10. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 23.1%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 16.4%, First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), down 16.4%, and Encore Capital Group ( ECPG), down 7.6%.
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The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, a financial services company, provides various products and services worldwide. The company offers a range of equity, fixed income, cash, and alternative/overlay products, as well as distributes investment management products. Bank of New York Mellon has a market cap of $29.19 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Bank of New York Mellon a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of New York Mellon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Credit Suisse ( DSLV), up 12.2%, Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), up 6.1%, Palmetto ( PLMT), up 4.7%, and Gleacher ( GLCH), up 4.2%, were all gainers within the financial services industry with Morgan Stanley ( MS) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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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