Credit Suisse Group (CS): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Credit Suisse Group ( CS) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Credit Suisse Group fell $0.36 (-1.1%) to $32.16 on light volume. Throughout the day, 727,890 shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,008,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.94-$32.27 after having opened the day at $32.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.52. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: ZipRealty ( ZIPR), down 25.5%, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 20.4%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 8.7% and Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3X ( GASX), down 7.9%.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services to private, corporate, institutional, and government clients, as well as high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $51.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Credit Suisse Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, ConnectOne Bancorp ( CNOB), up 21.7%, PowerShares DB Base Metals Double Short ETN ( BOM), up 19.7%, Signature Bank ( SBNY), up 13.6% and SPDR Russell 1000 ETF ( ONEK), up 12.8% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB) being today's featured financial sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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