BlackRock Inc (BLK): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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BlackRock ( BLK) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, BlackRock fell $5.56 (-2.1%) to $260.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 780,773 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 772,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $260.69-$266.50 after having opened the day at $265.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $266.50. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: GAMCO Investors ( GBL), down 11.1%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), down 8.3%, Pzena Investment Management ( PZN), down 8.2% and Resource America Inc. CL A ( REXI), down 5.8%.
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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 $45.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 positive front, Atlanticus Holdings ( ATLC), down 6.2%, Western Union Company ( WU), down 5.6%, US Global Investors ( GROW), down 3.7% and Gleacher ( GLCH), down 3.2% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with NYSE Euronext ( NYX) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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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