Financial Services Standout KKR & Co LP (KKR) Making Gains Today

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KKR ( KKR) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, KKR rose 28 cents (1.5%) to $19.12 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of KKR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.50-$19.16 after having opened the day at $18.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.84. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Cohen & Steers Total Return Realty ( RFI), up 20.3%, Orix Corporation ( IX), up 11.6%, PowerShares DB Agriculture Double Short ETN ( AGA), up 6.1%, and US Global Investors ( GROW), up 4.6%.
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Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. is a private equity investment firm specializing in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, special situations, growth equity, mature, and middle market investments. KKR has a market cap of $4.86 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate KKR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KKR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 10%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), down 3.6%, Evercore Partners ( EVR), down 3.5%, and Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), down 3.3%, were all laggards within the financial services industry with American Express ( AXP) 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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