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

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Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab rose $0.77 (3.0%) to $26.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 13,411,267 shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,664,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.09-$26.84 after having opened the day at $26.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.03. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Value Line ( VALU), up 10.2%, iPath Global Carbon ETN ( GRN), up 10.0%, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Platinum Total Return S ( PGM), up 7.8% and PowerShares DB Commodity Short ETN ( DDP), up 7.5%.

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 $33.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Charles Schwab a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 negative front, PowerShares DB Base Metals Double Short ETN ( BOM), down 17.9%, Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3X ( GASX), down 4.4%, PHH Corporation ( PHH), down 4.4% and PowerShares DB Commodity Double Long ETN ( DYY), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with Discover Financial Services ( DFS) 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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