Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Goldman Sachs Group rose $4.13 (3.5%) to $123.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.4 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $120.02-$123.49 after having opened the day at $120.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.36. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Cowen Group ( COWN), up 7%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 5.8%, JMP Group ( JMP), up 4.9%, and Medallion Financial ( TAXI), up 4.8%.
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The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as a range of financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $55.69 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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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