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Genworth Financial Inc (GNW): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Genworth Financial ( GNW) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Genworth Financial fell $0.15 (-1.4%) to $10.35 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,566,217 shares of Genworth Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,549,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.20-$10.41 after having opened the day at $10.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.50. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 11.8%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 9.5%, Icahn ( IEP), down 6.2% and ZipRealty ( ZIPR), down 5.5%.

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Genworth Financial, Inc., a financial services company, provides insurance, wealth management, investment, and financial solutions in the United States and internationally. The company's U.S. Genworth Financial has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 39.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Genworth Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genworth Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 12.9%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 12.6%, Capital ( CT), down 11.7% and Blackstone Mortgate ( BXMT), down 11.7% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Public Storage ( PSA) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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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