Equifax Inc. (EFX): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Equifax ( EFX) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Equifax rose $1.14 (1.8%) to $62.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 752,105 shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 610,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $61.63-$63.03 after having opened the day at $61.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.79. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: QIWI PLC ADR ( QIWI), up 6.1%, SP Bancorp ( SPBC), up 4.2%, Mesa Royalty ( MTR), up 2.8% and Atlanticus Holdings ( ATLC), up 2.8%.

Equifax Inc. collects, organizes, and manages various financial, demographic, employment, and marketing information solutions for businesses and consumers. The company's U.S. Equifax has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equifax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 5.6%, Orix Corporation ( IX), down 5.0%, MicroFinancial ( MFI), down 4.6% and GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), down 4.1% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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