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Wednesday's Financial Winners & Losers

MasterCard charges higher on a solid first-quarter earnings beat.

Updated from 2:02 p.m. EDT

The financial sector was flush with winners Wednesday as reams of upbeat earnings news kept the industry largely in step with the rest of the climbing market.

MasterCard

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, most notably, leapt 10% to $126.35 after the credit-card company flattened first-quarter Wall Street estimates. The Purchase, N.Y., firm said it made 67% more than last year at $1.57 a share on revenue that surged 23.9% to $915 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial sought $1.16 a share on $842.37 million in revenue.

These numbers helped lift the

NYSE

Financial Sector Index, of which MasterCard is a component, by 75.49 points, or 0.7=8%, to 9,815.21. The KBW Bank Index, which tracks large banks, was up only 0.3% at 116.64, lagging behind the broader market.

Elsewhere, a number of insurers and health care names issued positive results, among them

Molina Healthcare

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, shares of which shot up 10.6% to $32.84 after coming in 4 cents above Wall Street's 30-cent per-share target. Life-insurance behemoth

MetLife

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gained 1.4% to $66.77 on a 13-cent EPS beat, and

Infinity Property and Casualty

(IPCC)

was 12 cents ahead. Its shares jumped 10.9%, or $5.15, to $52.43.

Life insurer

Lincoln National

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added 1.8% to $72.05 on better-than-expected top- and bottom-line results in the first quarter, and likewise for

Dollar Financial

(DLLR)

, which jumped 8.5% to $31.14.

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Commodities exchange

IntercontinentalExchange

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said first-quarter profits soared 142.4% from last year to 80 cents a share, or $55.6 million --

crushing

analysts' 71-cent per-share estimates. Average daily volume, moreover, nearly doubled year over year to 1.2 million contracts. Shares climbed 3.5% to $127.26.

Chicago Board of Trade

(BOT)

meanwhile reported a 7% rise in April total volume to some 61 million contracts. In that same month, online broker

TradeStation

(TRAD)

reported daily average revenue trades gaining 5% on last year. CBOT shares were up 1.7% to $187.58; TradeStation was up 3% at $12.21.

Among the few financial losers Wednesday was

American Capital Strategies

(ACAS)

, a Maryland-based asset manager that sank 5.5% to $45.61 after first-quarter operating income slid 4 cents from last year to 73 cents a share. Bermuda-based

OneBeacon Insurance

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said adjusted operating income totaled 38 cents a share, which just missed first-quarter Street expectations. Shares lost 49 cents, or 2%, to $23.80.

Suffering from negative analyst research was

NYSE Euronext

(NYX)

, which slipped 0.8% to $82.69 after Banc of America slapped a sell rating on the newly merged exchange, citing concerns on the process of fully combining the two companies, among other things. And

NewAlliance Bancshares

(NAL)

fell 2% after Friedman Billings cut the Connecticut-based bank to market perform from outperform. Shares were down 31 cents to $15.18.