WisdomTree Investments Inc. (WETF): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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WisdomTree Investments ( WETF) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, WisdomTree Investments fell $0.18 (-1.2%) to $15.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,293,025 shares of WisdomTree Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,633,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.16-$15.86 after having opened the day at $15.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.40. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 9.9%, Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares ( NUGT), down 8.8%, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 6.0% and Equus Total Return ( EQS), down 5.7%.

WisdomTree Investments, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an exchange-traded funds (ETFs) sponsor and asset manager. It offers ETFs in equities, currency, fixed income, and alternatives asset classes. WisdomTree Investments has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate WisdomTree Investments a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WisdomTree Investments as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares ( DUST), up 9.3%, UBS E-TRACS S&P 500 Gold Hedged Index ETN ( SPGH), up 7.7%, PHH Corporation ( PHH), up 6.4% and Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 6.2% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Western Union Company ( WU) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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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