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Bank of New York Mellon



) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Bank of New York Mellon fell $0.59 (-1.7%) to $33.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,847,021 shares of Bank of New York Mellon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,896,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.57-$34.33 after having opened the day at $34.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.21. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were:




), down 14.9%,

Texas Capital



), down 12.1%,




), down 7.3% and

Village Bank and Trust Financial



), down 7.2%.

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation provides various financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Its Investment Management segment provides institutional, intermediary, retirement and retail investment management, distribution, and related services. Bank of New York Mellon has a market cap of $38.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Bank of New York Mellon a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Bank of New York Mellon

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Security National Financial



), up 7.5%,

Intermountain Community Bancorp



), up 7.0%,

Harris & Harris Group



), up 5.5% and

E*Trade Financial



), up 5.4% , were all gainers within the financial sector with




) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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Financial Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

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