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Two Harbors Investment Corp (TWO): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Two Harbors Investment fell $0.29 (-2.6%) to $10.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,232,597 shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,905,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.71-$11.20 after having opened the day at $11.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.05. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 12.1%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 11.0%, Cordia Bancorp ( BVA), down 9.8% and Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 9.7%.

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Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

On the positive front, Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), down 13.1%, Emclaire Financial Corporation ( EMCF), down 12.5%, Capital City Bank Group ( CCBG), down 9.2% and Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 7.9% , were all gainers within the financial sector with CME Group ( CME) 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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