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

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NYSE Euronext ( NYX) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, NYSE Euronext fell $0.47 (-1.1%) to $42.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, 884,597 shares of NYSE Euronext exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,346,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.59-$43.11 after having opened the day at $43.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.18. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: CorEnergy Infrastructure ( CORR), down 8.4%, CBOE Holdings ( CBOE), down 4.1%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 3.2% and First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), down 3.1%.

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 $10.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 36.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate NYSE Euronext a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Cowen Group ( COWN), up 11.5%, QIWI PLC ADR ( QIWI), up 5.5%, Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), up 4.4% and Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 3.7%.

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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