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

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CME Group ( CME) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, CME Group fell $0.91 (-1.1%) to $80.06 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,516,417 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,593,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.32-$81.18 after having opened the day at $80.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.97. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares ( DUST), down 8.9%, ProShs II:UlS Silver ( ZSL), down 6.6%, Cornerstone Strategic Value Fund ( CLM), down 6.5% and Cornerstone Total Return Fund ( CRF), down 4.5%.

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 $27.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 59.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares ( NUGT), up 8.7%, Direxion India Bull 3X Shares ( INDL), up 8.6%, ProShares Ultra Silver ( AGQ), up 6.4% and iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF ( SLVP), up 5.1% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Capital One Financial ( COF) 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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