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

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Capital One Financial ( COF) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Capital One Financial rose $0.80 (1.1%) to $70.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,464,555 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,870,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.60-$70.78 after having opened the day at $69.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.61. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: NewStar Financial ( NEWS), up 9.6%, First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), up 9.2%, KCG Holdings Inc Class A ( KCG), up 7.8% and Direxion Daily China Bear 3X Shares ( YANG), up 4.8%.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, DFC Global ( DLLR), down 8.4%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), down 5.8%, Direxion Daily Latin America Bull 3X Shares ( LBJ), down 5.4% and China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with CBOE Holdings ( CBOE) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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