Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Goldman Sachs Group rose $4.35 (2.5%) to $174.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,415,890 shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,114,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $169.99-$174.92 after having opened the day at $170.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $170.49. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company O ( ETF), up 79.9%, Aberdeen Greater China Fund ( GCH), up 71.0%, PowerShares DB Commodity Long ETN ( DPU), up 9.2% and Direxion Daily Russia Bull 3X Shares ( RUSL), up 7.5%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $77.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index TR ETN ( CVOL), down 16.5%, VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN ( TVIX), down 13.1%, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 13.1% and Sorrento Therapeutics ( SRNE), down 9.7% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with KKR ( KKR) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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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