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Credicorp Ltd (BAP): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Credicorp ( BAP) 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, Credicorp fell $2.04 (-1.6%) to $128.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 278,899 shares of Credicorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 448,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $128.44-$131.58 after having opened the day at $130.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.88. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 17.6%, Altisource Asset Management Corporation ( AAMC), down 15.8%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 13.5% and Teucrium Sugar Fund ( CANE), down 9.4%.

Credicorp Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides financial services primarily in Peru, the Cayman Islands, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Panama. It operates in four segments: Banking, Insurance, Pension Funds, and Investment Banking. Credicorp has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Credicorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credicorp as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and premium valuation.

On the positive front, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Silver ETN S&P GS ( DSLV), up 8.3%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), up 8.0%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN ( DGAZ), up 7.8% and Gladstone Land ( LAND), up 6.5% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Comerica ( CMA) 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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