E*Trade Financial Corp (ETFC): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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E*Trade Financial ( ETFC) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, E*Trade Financial rose $0.23 (1.1%) to $20.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,522,534 shares of E*Trade Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,008,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.80-$21.08 after having opened the day at $20.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.71. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: SPDR Russell 1000 ETF ( ONEK), up 12.8%, SPDR S&P Biotech ETF ( XBI), up 7.5%, Altisource Asset Management Corporation ( AAMC), up 5.9% and Direxion Daily China Bear 3X Shares ( YANG), up 5.2%.

E*TRADE Financial Corporation, a financial services company, provides online brokerage and related products and services primarily to individual retail investors under the E*TRADE Financial brand in the United States. E*Trade Financial has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates E*Trade Financial a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E*Trade Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 6.4%, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Retur ( GAZ), down 5.2%, Direxion Daily China Bull 3X Shares ( YINN), down 5.1% and db X-trackers 2020 Target Date Fund ( TDH), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with Invesco ( IVZ) 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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