Ameriprise Financial Inc (AMP): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Ameriprise Financial ( AMP) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Ameriprise Financial rose $1.35 (1.9%) to $72.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.16-$72.11 after having opened the day at $71.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.74. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Palmetto ( PLMT), up 9.9%, Resource America Inc. CL A ( REXI), up 6.8%, Pzena Investment Management ( PZN), up 5.7%, and Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 5.6%.
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Ameriprise Financial Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $14.35 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ameriprise Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Gleacher ( GLCH), down 5.5%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 5.4%, Arlington Asset Investment ( AI), down 4%, and Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), down 3.8%, were all laggards within the financial services industry with SLM ( SLM) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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