Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Goldman Sachs Group rose $2.11 (1.4%) to $154.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $152.16-$154.34 after having opened the day at $152.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $151.91. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Gleacher ( GLCH), up 8%, Ladenburg Thalman Financial Services ( LTS), up 6.4%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 4.8%, and Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), up 4%.
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The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $70.69 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 10.3%, E*Trade Financial ( ETFC), down 8.2%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 7.4%, and China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 7.1%, were all laggards within the financial services industry with TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) 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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