Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS): Today's Featured Financial Services Winner

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Goldman Sachs Group ( GS) 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, Goldman Sachs Group rose $1.58 (1.0%) to $159.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,719,114 shares of Goldman Sachs Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,646,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $158.19-$160.36 after having opened the day at $158.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $158.24. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 6.9%, Pzena Investment Management ( PZN), up 5.7%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 5.4% and Artisan Partners Asset Management ( APAM), up 4.1%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $70.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Goldman Sachs Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Regional Management ( RM), down 30.6%, Carlyle Group L P ( CG), down 6.2%, Credit Acceptance ( CACC), down 5.0% and World Acceptance ( WRLD), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with KKR ( KKR) 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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