Capital One Financial Corp (COF): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Capital One Financial ( COF) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Capital One Financial rose $1.12 (1.5%) to $75.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,789,491 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,816,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $74.69-$76.93 after having opened the day at $75.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.28. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Rand Capital Corporation ( RAND), up 7.7%, OFS Capital ( OFS), up 7.0%, First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), up 5.3% and Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), up 5.0%.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $41.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, H & Q Healthcare Investors ( HQH), down 5.0%, QIWI ( QIWI), down 4.6%, H & Q Life Sciences Investors ( HQL), down 4.6% and GSV Capital ( GSVC), down 4.5% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with Discover Financial Services ( DFS) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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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