Invesco Ltd. (IVZ): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Invesco ( IVZ) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Invesco fell $0.31 (-1.0%) to $30.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,871,463 shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,398,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.09-$31.02 after having opened the day at $30.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.76. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), down 7.0%, First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), down 5.0%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 3.4% and Noah Holdings ( NOAH), down 3.1%.

Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. It primarily provides its services to institutional clients including major public entities, corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, endowments, foundations, pension funds, and financial institutions. Invesco has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Invesco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Invesco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Palmetto ( PLMT), up 6.4%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 6.2%, GAMCO Investors ( GBL), up 4.9% and E*Trade Financial ( ETFC), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Blackstone Group ( BX) 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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