CME Group Inc. (CME): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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CME Group ( CME) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, CME Group rose $1.27 (2.1%) to $60.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,857,925 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,949,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.93-$60.55 after having opened the day at $59.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.01. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), up 13.8%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 7.8%, Fortress Investment Group ( FIG), up 7.3% and Golub Capital BDC ( GBDC), up 4.0%.
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CME Group Inc. operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX COMEX, and KCBT futures exchanges worldwide. It operates CBOT exchange, a marketplace for trading agricultural and the U.S. CME Group has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CME Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Palmetto ( PLMT), down 9.5%, DFC Global ( DLLR), down 2.9%, United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund ( UNL), down 2.6% and Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), down 2.4% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with Capital One Financial ( COF) 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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