Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab rose $0.28 (1.3%) to $21.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,129,370 shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,943,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.22-$21.78 after having opened the day at $21.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.41. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Homex Development ( HXM), up 36.4%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 12.5%, Cash America International ( CSH), up 7.5% and Severn Bancorp ( SVBI), up 6.7%.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services to individuals and institutional clients. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Institutional Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $27.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 50.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 negative front, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 17.2%, Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), down 8.1%, Colony Bankcorp ( CBAN), down 6.4% and ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Commodity ( CMD), down 5.1%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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