Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab fell $0.35 (-1.4%) to $25.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,102,242 shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,613,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.43-$25.78 after having opened the day at $25.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.80. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 32.7%, ProShs II:UlS Silver ( ZSL), down 9.1%, RBS Oil Trendpilot Exchange Traded Notes ( TWTI), down 8.7% and Barclays Short B Leveraged Inverse S&P 500 ( BXDB), down 7.8%.

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 $33.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, US Global Investors ( GROW), up 11.8%, Market Vectors MSCI Emerging Markets Qualit ( QDEM), up 10.0%, ProShares Ultra Silver ( AGQ), up 9.3% and PowerShares DB Base Metals Short ETN ( BOS), up 9.2%.

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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