E*Trade Financial Corp (ETFC): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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E*Trade Financial ( ETFC) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, E*Trade Financial rose $1.17 (5.4%) to $22.67 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,973,487 shares of E*Trade Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,864,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.80-$23.25 after having opened the day at $22.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.50. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Security National Financial ( SNFCA), up 7.5%, Harris & Harris Group ( TINY), up 5.5%, JMP Group ( JMP), up 5.2% and Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 4.5%.

E*TRADE Financial Corporation, a financial services company, provides brokerage and related products and services primarily to individual retail investors under the E*TRADE Financial brand name in the United States. E*Trade Financial has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate E*Trade Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E*Trade Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, QIWI ( QIWI), down 7.3%, Siebert Financial ( SIEB), down 5.4%, A-Mark Precious Metals ( AMRK), down 4.2% and LPL Financial Holdings ( LPLA), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with BlackRock ( BLK) 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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