IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (ICE): Today's Key Contributor To Industry Gains

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IntercontinentalExchange ( ICE) 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, IntercontinentalExchange rose $3.26 (2%) to $163.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 649,648 shares of IntercontinentalExchange exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $158.65-$163.18 after having opened the day at $159.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.81. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Palmetto ( PLMT), up 9.8%, WisdomTree Global Real Return Fund ( RRF), up 6.7%, PowerShares DB Agriculture Double Short ETN ( AGA), up 6.4%, and Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 6.4%.
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IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. operates regulated global markets and clearing houses primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Brazil. IntercontinentalExchange has a market cap of $11.74 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate IntercontinentalExchange a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates IntercontinentalExchange as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Pzena Investment Management ( PZN), down 6.3%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 6.1%, ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Commodity ( CMD), down 4.8%, and Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM), down 3.8%, were all laggards within the financial services industry with Blackstone Group ( BX) 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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