American Capital Ltd (ACAS): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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American Capital ( ACAS) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, American Capital fell $0.16 (-1.0%) to $15.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,630,895 shares of American Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,763,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.58-$15.88 after having opened the day at $15.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.80. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 6.1%, RENN Global Entrepreneurs Fund ( RCG), down 3.5%, CM Finance ( CMFN), down 3.3% and KCG Holdings ( KCG), down 3.3%.

American Capital, Ltd. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in management and employee buyouts, subordinated debt, leveraged finance, mezzanine, acquisition, recapitalization, middle market, early venture, mature, industry consolidation, and growth capital investments. American Capital has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate American Capital a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, QIWI ( QIWI), up 9.2%, BGC Partners ( BGCP), up 8.1%, GFI Group ( GFIG), up 6.5% and SWS Group ( SWS), up 5.6% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) 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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