Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab rose 23 cents (1.8%) to $12.73 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 16.8 million shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.47-$12.78 after having opened the day at $12.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.50. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 79.7%, Medley Capital Corp BDC ( MCC), up 6.3%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), up 6.2%, and First Cash Financial Services ( FCFS), up 5.8%.
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The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, and related financial services to individuals and institutional clients. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $16.17 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 11.8%, Palmetto ( PLMT), down 8.5%, ProShares Ultra KBW Regional Banking ( KRU), down 6.3%, and Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation ( AACC), down 5.9%, were all laggards within the financial services industry with Capital One Financial ( COF) 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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