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

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CME Group ( CME) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, CME Group rose $0.88 (1.2%) to $74.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,803,854 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,339,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $73.32-$75.37 after having opened the day at $73.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.95. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), up 7.6%, Atlanticus Holdings ( ATLC), up 5.2%, Global X Silver Miners ETF ( SIL), up 3.4% and Dominion Resources Black Warrior ( DOM), up 3.1%.

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 $24.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 45.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins, 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 negative front, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 10.2%, Pzena Investment Management ( PZN), down 6.0%, Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), down 5.1% and Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with MasterCard Incorporated ( MA) 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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