NYSE Euronext Inc. (NYX): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

NYSE Euronext ( NYX) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, NYSE Euronext rose $0.57 (1.4%) to $41.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,344,718 shares of NYSE Euronext exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,701,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.85-$41.66 after having opened the day at $40.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.02. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 13.3%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), up 9.2%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 4.6% and First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), up 4.0%.

NYSE Euronext, through its subsidiaries, operates securities exchanges. It operates various stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE MKT LLC in the United States; and European based exchanges comprising Euronext N.V. NYSE Euronext has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 30.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate NYSE Euronext a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NYSE Euronext as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, PowerShares DB Multi-Sector Commodity Tr ( AGA), down 4.0%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 3.4%, Carlyle Group ( CG), down 3.1% and Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 2.4% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with American Express ( AXP) 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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