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Lincoln National Corp (Radnor PA) (LNC): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Lincoln National Corp (Radnor (LNC) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor rose $1.50 (7.6%) to $21.34 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8.5 million shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.84-$21.62 after having opened the day at $20.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.84. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Credit Suisse (DGAZ), up 22.6%, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (OZM), up 11.7%, Financial Engines (FNGN), up 11.5%, and Ocwen Financial Corporation (OCN), up 11.5%.

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. It sells a range of wealth protection, accumulation, and retirement income products and solutions. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor has a market cap of $5.72 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.8, below the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 29.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National Corp (Radnor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, MGIC Investment Corporation (MTG), down 64.1%, Knight Capital Group (KCG), down 62.8%, Radian Group (RDN), down 14.1%, and United Security (USBI), down 13.5%, were all laggards within the financial sector with Bank of America Corporation (BAC) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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