Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Goldman Sachs Group fell $1.71 (-1.0%) to $164.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,116,405 shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,184,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $163.66-$165.31 after having opened the day at $164.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $166.45. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Direxion Daily Russia Bull 3X Shares ( RUSL), down 19.5%, QIWI PLC ADR ( QIWI), down 16.8%, Market Vectors Russia Small-Cap ETF ( RSXJ), down 11.2% and Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 8.2%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $75.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy.

On the positive front, Direxion Daily Russia Bear 3X Shares ( RUSS), up 21.2%, VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN ( TVIX), up 10.9%, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub ( JO), up 10.1% and Barclays Short B Leveraged Inverse S&P 500 ( BXDB), up 9.7% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with CBOE Holdings ( CBOE) 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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