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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Charles Schwab fell $0.63 (-2.3%) to $27.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,561,768 shares of Charles Schwab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,712,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.03-$27.94 after having opened the day at $27.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.79. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Full Circle Capital ( FULL), down 14.8%, QIWI ( QIWI), down 11.0%, US Global Investors ( GROW), down 10.5% and LiqTech International ( LIQT), down 6.3%.

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 $36.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 10.0%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 7.4%, Aberdeen Latin America Equity Fund ( LAQ), up 3.5% and Latin American Discovery Fund ( LDF), up 2.8% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Western Union Company ( WU) 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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