IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (ICE): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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IntercontinentalExchange ( ICE) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, IntercontinentalExchange fell $1.81 (-1.0%) to $177.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 470,984 shares of IntercontinentalExchange exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 732,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $176.37-$178.69 after having opened the day at $178.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $178.99. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 11.8%, KCG Holdings ( KCG), down 9.2%, Marine Petroleum ( MARPS), down 5.9% and Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 3.1%.

IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. operates regulated global markets and clearing houses primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Brazil. IntercontinentalExchange has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 44.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate IntercontinentalExchange a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates IntercontinentalExchange as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. 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 8.8%, Global X Silver Miners ETF ( SIL), up 6.0%, Global Cash Access Holdings ( GCA), up 5.5% and Westwood Holdings Group ( WHG), up 4.1% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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