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MBIA Inc (MBI): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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MBIA ( MBI) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, MBIA fell $0.12 (-1.0%) to $11.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,837,575 shares of MBIA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,008,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.63-$11.98 after having opened the day at $11.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.76. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 11.4%, iPath Pure Beta Precious Metals ETN ( BLNG), down 10.9%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 9.1% and UBS E-TRACS CMCI Livestock Total Return ETN ( UBC), down 8.7%.

MBIA Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial guarantee insurance and related reinsurance, advisory, and portfolio services for the public and structured finance markets; and asset management advisory services in the United States and internationally. MBIA Inc. MBIA has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 49.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate MBIA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MBIA as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front, Special Opportunities Fund ( SPE), up 38.7%, Mexico Equity and Income Fund Inc. CE with ( MXE), up 15.5%, iPath Long Extended Russell 1000 TR Index E ( ROLA), up 12.2% and Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), up 11.1% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Janus Capital Group ( JNS) 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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