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Aon Corp. (AON): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Aon ( AON) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Aon rose 55 cents (1.2%) to $45.06 on average volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Aon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.46-$45.21 after having opened the day at $44.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.51. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Bank VA Chesterfield ( BOVA), up 28.6%, CNB Financial Corporation ( CCNE), up 15%, Gleacher ( GLCH), up 13%, and CIFC ( DFR), up 12.6%.

Aon Corporation provides risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services in the United States and internationally. Aon has a market cap of $14.65 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 16.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Aon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 12.1%, Monarch Community Bancorp ( MCBF), down 11.1%, Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), down 10.8%, and SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 9.7%, were all losers within the financial sector with TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) being today's financial sector loser.

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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