1. As of noon trading, Discover Financial Services ( DFS) is up $2.30 (4.4%) to $54.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Discover Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.75-$55.50 after having opened the day at $54.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.40.

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, provides direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. Discover Financial Services has a market cap of $25.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Discover Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Discover Financial Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full Discover Financial Services Ratings Report now.

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