BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- If 2012 has been a good year for stocks so far, it's been a stellar year for the financial sector.While the S&P 500 has rallied nearly 15% since the start of the year, financial stocks have managed to do one better, spurring a massive 23% climb in the SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF (XLF) over that same period. The S&P's returns are certainly nothing to besmirch this year -- it puts 2012 in the top quartile of return years going back to the index's creation -- but the rally in financial stocks has been materially stronger than that. Now the question is whether the run in financials can continue in 2012.
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