Invesco Ltd. (IVZ): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Invesco ( IVZ) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Invesco fell $1.03 (-3.6%) to $27.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10.6 million shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.74-$28.14 after having opened the day at $27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.28. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: SP Bancorp ( SPBC), down 4.3%, Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), down 4.2%, First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), down 2.6%, and Mesa Royalty ( MTR), down 2.2%.
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Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to individuals, typically high net worth individuals. It also manages accounts for institutions. The firm manages separate client focused equity, fixed income, balanced portfolios. Invesco has a market cap of $12.43 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Invesco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Invesco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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