BlackRock Inc (BLK): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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BlackRock ( BLK) 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, BlackRock fell $3.33 (-1.2%) to $262.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 532,825 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 762,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $262.06-$266.88 after having opened the day at $265.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $266.10. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Marine Petroleum ( MARPS), down 3.5%, Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), down 3.5%, Manning & Napier ( MN), down 3.5% and Atlanticus Holdings ( ATLC), down 3.3%.

BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $44.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BlackRock as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), up 9.5%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 9.3%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 8.8% and Dominion Resources Black Warrior ( DOM), up 3.6% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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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