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

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CME Group ( CME) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, CME Group rose $1.32 (1.8%) to $73.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,836,365 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,185,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.11-$73.85 after having opened the day at $72.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.33. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 28.3%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 20.9%, American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), up 16.2% and Carrollton Bancorp ( CRRB), up 15.1%.

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 $23.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 42.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, no analysts rate 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, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 11.5%, Central Federal ( CFBK), down 10.2%, Greene County Bancorp ( GCBC), down 7.0% and Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), down 6.0%.

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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