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

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CME Group ( CME) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, CME Group fell $1.52 (-2.0%) to $75.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,750,428 shares of CME Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,023,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $74.97-$76.88 after having opened the day at $76.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.54. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Global Cash Access Holdings ( GCA), down 15.6%, Xoom ( XOOM), down 12.9%, Doral Financial ( DRL), down 10.8% and Sorrento Therapeutics ( SRNE), down 10.1%.

CME Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates contract markets for the trading of futures and options on futures contracts worldwide. CME Group has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), up 10.2%, Old Point Financial Corporation ( OPOF), up 9.1%, PMC Commercial ( PMCT), up 9.1% and RCS Capital Corp Class A ( RCAP), up 8.6% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Lazard ( LAZ) being today's featured financial sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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