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Capital One Financial Corp (COF): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Capital One Financial ( COF) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Capital One Financial fell $1.27 (-1.9%) to $65.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,926,997 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,215,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.89-$67.22 after having opened the day at $66.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.16. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: China Commercial Credit ( CCCR), down 12.4%, Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), down 10.2%, ICICI Bank ( IBN), down 9.4% and First Marblehead Corporation ( FMD), down 8.7%.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $39.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 14.3%, Ladenburg Thalman Financial Services ( LTS), up 8.7%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 8.1% and Doral Financial ( DRL), up 7.7%.

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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