Capital One Financial Corp (COF): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Capital One Financial ( COF) 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, Capital One Financial rose $0.98 (1.6%) to $61.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,569,490 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,992,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.72-$62.06 after having opened the day at $60.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.83. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 9.9%, Global X Silver Miners ETF ( SIL), up 5.1%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 4.6% and Ladenburg Thalman Financial Services ( LTS), up 3.9%.
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Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $34.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), down 6.7%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), down 3.8%, RBS Oil Trendpilot Exchange Traded Notes ( TWTI), down 3.4% and Blackhawk Network Holdings ( HAWK), down 2.6% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with Apollo Global Management ( APO) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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