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Apartment Investment & Management (AIV): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Apartment Investment & Management (AIV) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Apartment Investment & Management rose 25 cents (0.9%) to $27.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Apartment Investment & Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.29-$27.62 after having opened the day at $27.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.37. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: FX Alliance (FX), up 39.9%, Plumas Bancorp (PLBC), up 12.6%, Rurban Financial (RBNF), up 12.4%, and Ampal-American Israel Corporation (AMPL), up 11.6%.

Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO) is a real estate investment manager. The firm engages in the acquisition, ownership, management, and redevelopment of apartment properties. It invests in real estate markets of United States. The firm primarily invests in apartment properties. Apartment Investment & Management has a market cap of $3.64 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 19.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Apartment Investment & Management a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apartment Investment & Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Broadway Financial (BYFC), down 30.4%, Ohio Legacy Corporation (OLCB), down 12.7%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation (SMCG), down 11.4%, and Credit Suisse (DGAZ), down 11.1%, were all losers within the financial sector with Goldman Sachs Group (GS) 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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