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HCP Inc (HCP): 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.

HCP ( HCP) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, HCP fell $0.67 (-1.7%) to $38.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,873,518 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,044,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.46-$39.32 after having opened the day at $39.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.25. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Swedish Export Credit ( FUE), down 12.8%, UBS E-TRACS Fisher-Gartman Risk Off ETN ( OFF), down 9.7%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 7.6% and FedFirst Financial Corporation ( FFCO), down 7.2%.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Meridian Interstate Bancorp ( EBSB), up 13.4%, Howard Bancorp Inc Md ( HBMD), up 11.2%, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 10.0% and National Security Group ( NSEC), up 9.6% , were all gainers within the financial sector with M&T Bank ( MTB) 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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