CIT Group Inc (CIT): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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CIT Group ( CIT) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, CIT Group rose 72 cents (1.7%) to $42.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of CIT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.76-$43.19 after having opened the day at $42.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.03. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 9.1%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 6.7%, Global Cash Access Holdings ( GCA), up 5.4%, and SP Bancorp ( SPBC), up 5.3%.
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CIT Group Inc. operates as the holding company for CIT bank that provides commercial financing, leasing products, and other services to small and middle market businesses. CIT Group has a market cap of $8.48 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate CIT Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CIT Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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