Aflac Inc

(

AFL

) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Aflac Inc fell 44 cents (-1.1%) to $39.05 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of Aflac Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.93-$40.16 after having opened the day at $39.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.49. Other company's within the Financial sector that declined today were:

Mercantile Bancorp Inc

(

MBR

), down 35.5%,

CIFC

(

DFR

), down 22.7%,

Princeton National Bancorp Inc

(

PNBC

), down 16.5%, and

Green Bankshares Inc

(

GRNB

), down 13.1%.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac), provides supplemental health and life insurance. Aflac Inc has a market cap of $18.43 billion and is part of the

insurance

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 30% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac as a

hold

. 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 and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Central Federal

(

CFBK

), up 28.8%,

Gyrodyne Company of America

(

GYRO

), up 22.7%,

First Financial Service Corporation

(

FFKY

), up 19.4%, and

United Security

(

UBFO

), up 14.4%, were all gainers within the financial sector with

Aon

(

AON

) being today's featured financial sector winner.

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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