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Apartment Investment & Management



) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Apartment Investment & Management rose 33 cents (1.2%) to $26.86 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Apartment Investment & Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.42-$27 after having opened the day at $26.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.53. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

Vestin Realty Mortgage I



), up 10.2%,

Millennium India Acquisition Corporation



), up 8.3%,

First Financial Service Corporation



), up 7.9%, and

VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude ETN



), up 7%.

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Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO) is a real estate investment manager. The firm engages in the acquisition, ownership, management, and redevelopment of apartment properties. It invests in real estate markets of United States. The firm primarily invests in apartment properties. Apartment Investment & Management has a market cap of $3.78 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Apartment Investment & Management a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apartment Investment & Management as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front,

Meadowbrook Insurance Group



), down 20.7%,

Howard Bancorp Incorporated Maryland



), down 11.8%,

Bluegreen Corporation



), down 11.7%, and




), down 11.1%, were all laggards within the financial sector with

CME Group



) being today's financial sector laggard.

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) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

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