Capital One Financial Corp (COF): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Capital One Financial ( COF) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Capital One Financial fell $1.17 (-2%) to $56.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.3 million shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.67-$57.93 after having opened the day at $57.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Artio Global Investors ( ART), down 6.1%, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 5.3%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), down 4.4%, and Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), down 3.8%.
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Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA), and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $33.98 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), up 20.9%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 11.3%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 10.3%, and China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 6.6%, 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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