Apollo Global Management LLC (APO): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Apollo Global Management ( APO) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Apollo Global Management fell $1.19 (-4.0%) to $28.24 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,099,206 shares of Apollo Global Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 989,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.11-$29.37 after having opened the day at $29.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.43. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Sorrento Therapeutics ( SRNE), down 16.5%, Mackinac Financial Corporation ( MFNC), down 12.5%, Baldwin & Lyons ( BWINA), down 4.3% and Southcoast Financial Corporation ( SOCB), down 3.9%.

Apollo Global Management, LLC is a publicly owned investment manager. It primarily provides its services to endowment and sovereign wealth funds, as well as other institutional and individual investors. The firm manages client focused portfolios. Apollo Global Management has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Apollo Global Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Global Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, OBA Financial Services ( OBAF), up 22.1%, LiqTech International ( LIQT), up 18.1%, Doral Financial ( DRL), up 14.5% and Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), up 10.2% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Invesco ( IVZ) 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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