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

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CME Group ( CME) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, CME Group rose $2.10 (2.8%) to $76.39 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,216,362 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,777,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $74.46-$76.68 after having opened the day at $74.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.29. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), up 13.1%, Emclaire Financial Corporation ( EMCF), up 12.5%, Capital City Bank Group ( CCBG), up 9.2% and Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 7.9%.
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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 $24.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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 solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 12.1%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 11.0%, Cordia Bancorp ( BVA), down 9.8% and Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 9.7% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) 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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