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

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Two Harbors Investment (TWO) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Two Harbors Investment rose $0.12 (1.2%) to $10.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,546,218 shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,267,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.91-$10.10 after having opened the day at $9.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.97. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Paulson Capital (PLCC), up 86.3%, Porter Bancorp (PBIB), up 25.6%, Xoom (XOOM), up 12.0% and IFM Investments (CTC), up 6.6%.

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 $3.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Homex Development (HXM), down 30.6%, Bank Bradesco (BBDO), down 10.2%, Cash Store Financial Services (CSFS), down 7.0% and Roberts Realty Investors (RPI), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Digital Realty (DLR) 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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