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 down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab fell $0.27 (-1.0%) to $26.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,132,462 shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,510,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.19-$26.62 after having opened the day at $26.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.53. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 17.3%, PowerShares DB Agriculture Short ETN ( ADZ), down 12.0%, iPath Global Carbon ETN ( GRN), down 8.3% and Dominion Resources Black Warrior ( DOM), down 6.6%.

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 $33.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.0% 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.

On the positive front, ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Commodity ( CMD), up 10.9%, PowerShares DB Agriculture Long ETN ( AGF), up 10.9%, PowerShares DB Base Metals Short ETN ( BOS), up 10.8% and PowerShares DB Commodity Short ETN ( DDP), up 8.2%.

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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