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

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Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab rose $0.22 (1.1%) to $20.96 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,249,846 shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,533,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.52-$21.08 after having opened the day at $20.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.74. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 11.8%, GAMCO Investors ( GBL), up 2.9%, Lazard ( LAZ), up 2.6% and Carlyle Group ( CG), up 2.5%.

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 $27.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 44.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, QIWI PLC ADR ( QIWI), down 6.9%, Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), down 5.6%, First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), down 5.5% and Noah Holdings ( NOAH), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with Equifax ( EFX) 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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