Raymond James Financial Inc (RJF): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Raymond James Financial ( RJF) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Raymond James Financial fell $0.52 (-1.2%) to $42.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,061,383 shares of Raymond James Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 973,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.71-$42.66 after having opened the day at $42.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.77. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 11.8%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 3.7%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), down 2.4% and Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), down 2.2%.

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Raymond James Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the underwriting, distribution, trading, and brokerage of equity and debt securities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Raymond James Financial has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Raymond James Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Raymond James Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 12.9%, Gleacher ( GLCH), down 7.6%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), down 7.5% and RBS Oil Trendpilot Exchange Traded Notes ( TWTI), down 5.8% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Blackstone Group ( BX) 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).