Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab rose $0.48 (2.0%) to $24.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,951,481 shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,589,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.72-$24.33 after having opened the day at $23.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.65. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Credit Suisse ( UGAZ), up 21.6%, QC Holdings ( QCCO), up 19.8%, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Lead Total Return Sub-I ( LD), up 17.3% and Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), up 16.4%.
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 $32.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.