Equifax Inc. (EFX): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Equifax ( EFX) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Equifax rose 71 cents (1.3%) to $55.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 912,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.19-$55.13 after having opened the day at $54.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.41. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), up 8.2%, Fortress Investment Group ( FIG), up 5.2%, Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), up 4.6%, and AllianceBernstein Holding L.P ( AB), up 4.3%.
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Equifax Inc. collects, organizes, and manages various financial, demographic, employment, and marketing information solutions for businesses and consumers. The company's U.S. Equifax has a market cap of $6.42 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equifax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 11.4%, Gleacher ( GLCH), down 9.3%, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 5.4%, and Resource America Inc. CL A ( REXI), down 3.7%, 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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