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

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CME Group ( CME) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, CME Group rose $1.18 (1.5%) to $80.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,491,803 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,648,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.51-$80.13 after having opened the day at $79.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.93. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: ProShs II:UlS Silver ( ZSL), up 7.8%, QIWI PLC ADR ( QIWI), up 5.1%, PowerShares DB Gold Double Short ETN ( DZZ), up 4.3% and ProShares UltraShort Gold ( GLL), up 4.1%.

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 $26.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 55.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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 negative front, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 18.9%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), down 9.1%, ProShares Ultra Silver ( AGQ), down 7.6% and Direxion India Bull 3X Shares ( INDL), down 5.7%.

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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