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

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Equifax ( EFX) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Equifax fell $0.75 (-1.2%) to $60.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 456,366 shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 569,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.32-$61.16 after having opened the day at $61.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.18. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: 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%.

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 $7.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 positive front, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 11.8%, GAMCO Investors ( GBL), up 2.9%, Lazard ( LAZ), up 2.6% and Carlyle Group ( CG), up 2.5% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Charles Schwab ( SCHW) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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