CME Group Inc. (CME): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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CME Group ( CME) 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, CME Group fell $0.89 (-1.1%) to $76.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,765,805 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,015,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $76.13-$77.41 after having opened the day at $77.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.11. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 21.9%, Harris & Harris Group ( TINY), down 6.6%, ProShares UltraShort Russell1000 Growth ( SFK), down 6.3% and ProShares Ultra MSCI Brazil Cppd ( UBR), down 6.1%.

CME Group Inc. operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX COMEX, and KCBT futures exchanges worldwide. It operates CBOT exchange, a marketplace for trading agricultural and the U.S. CME Group has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CME 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. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Market Vectors MSCI Emerging Markets Qualit ( QEM), up 10.3%, PowerShares DB Base Metals Short ETN ( BOS), up 10.0%, iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN ( CAFE), up 9.1% and iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub ( JO), up 9.0% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Franklin Resources ( BEN) 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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