BlackRock Inc (BLK): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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BlackRock ( BLK) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, BlackRock rose $4.66 (1.9%) to $254.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 757,272 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 828,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $249.72-$255.56 after having opened the day at $251.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $249.38. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Altis Resident ( RESI), up 33.3%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 23.4%, Emclaire Financial Corporation ( EMCF), up 9.3%, and Prudential Bancorp Inc. of Pennsylvania ( PBIP), up 9%.
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BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $41.77 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Charter Financial ( CHFN), down 18.7%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 13.7%, Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 8.7%, and Credit Suisse ( DSLV), down 7.9%, were all laggards within the financial sector with Essex Property ( ESS) being today's financial sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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