IntercontinentalExchange Group Inc (ICE): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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IntercontinentalExchange Group ( ICE) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, IntercontinentalExchange Group rose $4.37 (2.1%) to $216.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,278,193 shares of IntercontinentalExchange Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 985,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $212.11-$216.99 after having opened the day at $213.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $212.11. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Credit Suisse ( UGAZ), up 15.9%, Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares ( NUGT), up 11.7%, Direxion Daily China Bull 3X Shares ( YINN), up 11.3% and Alto Palermo ( APSA), up 10.9%.

IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates a network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses for financial and commodity markets primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, and Brazil. IntercontinentalExchange Group has a market cap of $24.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate IntercontinentalExchange Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates IntercontinentalExchange Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 17.8%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 16.1%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 14.8% and Direxion Daily China Bear 3X Shares ( YANG), down 11.5% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Digital Realty ( DLR) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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