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

CME Group ( CME) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, CME Group fell $0.83 (-1.1%) to $76.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,143,276 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,122,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $75.94-$77.38 after having opened the day at $77.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.12. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: MoneyGram International ( MGI), down 9.1%, Xoom ( XOOM), down 5.6%, Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), down 4.0% and Greenhill ( GHL), down 3.4%.

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 $25.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 52.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 positive front, US Global Investors ( GROW), up 4.5%, Global X Silver Miners ETF ( SIL), up 4.3%, FXCM ( FXCM), up 3.8% and CIFC ( CIFC), up 3.1%.

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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