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UBS AG (UBS): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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UBS (UBS) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, UBS rose $0.21 (1.2%) to $18.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,890,976 shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,255,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.97-$18.11 after having opened the day at $18.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.85. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Atlantic Coast Financial (ACFC), up 20.7%, Noah Holdings (NOAH), up 13.9%, First Acceptance Corporation (FAC), up 10.4% and First Security Group (FSGI), up 8.0%.

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UBS AG, a financial services firm, provides wealth management, asset management, and investment banking products and services worldwide. Its Wealth Management division provides financial services to high net worth individuals worldwide. UBS has a market cap of $67.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Glen Burnie Bancorp (GLBZ), down 7.1%, Macatawa Bank Corporation (MCBC), down 6.0%, American Independence Corporation (AMIC), down 5.1% and Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation (SGB), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the financial sector with CommonWealth REIT (CWH) 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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