1. As of noon trading, Franklin Resources ( BEN) is down $1.63 (-1.2%) to $139.62 on average volume Thus far, 440,135 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 746,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $138.96-$140.94 after having opened the day at $140.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $141.25.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $30.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Franklin Resources a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franklin Resources 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Franklin Resources Ratings Report now.

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