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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, CME Group fell $0.97 (-1.2%) to $78.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,415,941 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,610,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $78.83-$80.21 after having opened the day at $80.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.88. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: PowerShares DB Agriculture Long ETN ( AGF), down 11.0%, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Tin Total Return Sub-In ( JJT), down 9.2%, ProShares UltraShort Russell MidCap Value ( SJL), down 6.2% and Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 6.0%.

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 $26.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 57.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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, PowerShares DB Crude Oil Long ETN ( OLO), up 10.1%, UBS E-TRACS CMCI Livestock Total Return ETN ( UBC), up 8.6%, ProShares Ultra Telecommunications ( LTL), up 7.9% and US Global Investors ( GROW), up 6.0%.

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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