Equifax Inc (EFX): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Equifax ( EFX) 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, Equifax rose $1.61 (2.4%) to $70.06 on average volume. Throughout the day, 910,938 shares of Equifax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 690,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.34-$70.41 after having opened the day at $69.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.45. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Xoom ( XOOM), up 16.9%, Medallion Financial ( TAXI), up 8.1%, Mesa Royalty ( MTR), up 4.8% and Equus Total Return ( EQS), up 2.5%.

Equifax Inc. provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company's U.S. Equifax has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equifax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Pzena Investment Management ( PZN), down 9.9%, Stonegate Mortgage Corporation ( SGM), down 5.0%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 4.5% and Security National Financial ( SNFCA), down 4.1% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with TD Ameritrade ( AMTD) 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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