Capital One Financial Corp (COF): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Capital One Financial ( COF) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Capital One Financial fell $0.77 (-1.1%) to $68.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,131,571 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,576,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $68.38-$69.70 after having opened the day at $69.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.55. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: GFI Group ( GFIG), down 6.4%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), down 6.2%, Oppenheimer Holdings ( OPY), down 4.3% and Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), down 3.2%.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $40.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial 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, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, ICG Group ( ICGE), up 9.1%, QIWI PLC ADR ( QIWI), up 8.4%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 4.5% and Carlyle Group ( CG), up 4.2% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with IntercontinentalExchange ( ICE) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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