Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab fell $0.27 (-1.1%) to $25.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,440,319 shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,492,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.36-$25.92 after having opened the day at $25.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.81. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 12.2%, ELEMENTS Linked to SPECTRUM Large Cap U.S ( EEH), down 6.5%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), down 5.9% and PowerShares DB 3x Long 25+ Year Treasury Bo ( LBND), down 5.0%.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services to individuals and institutional clients. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Institutional Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $33.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles Schwab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, PowerShares DB Base Metals Double Short ETN ( BOM), up 7.3%, FBR ( FBRC), up 6.9%, Springleaf Holdings ( LEAF), up 6.6% and ELEMENTS MLCX Biofuels Index Total Return E ( FUE), up 5.9% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Western Union Company ( WU) 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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