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Charles Schwab ( SCHW) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab rose $0.86 (3.2%) to $27.58 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 18,761,205 shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,857,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.58-$27.75 after having opened the day at $26.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.72. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 58.8%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 14.7%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 5.6% and Calamos Asset Management ( CLMS), up 5.2%.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, money management, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $34.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, WisdomTree Investments ( WETF), down 6.0%, JMP Group ( JMP), down 5.2%, Palmetto ( PLMT), down 4.4% and Global Cash Access Holdings ( GCA), down 4.4% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with Blackstone Group ( BX) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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