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Capital One Financial



) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Capital One Financial rose $1.09 (1.5%) to $74.73 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,664,828 shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,021,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $73.61-$74.81 after having opened the day at $73.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.64. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

Central Valley Community Bancorp



), up 20.9%,

China Fund



), up 15.7%,

Firstbank Corp Michigan



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), up 12.3% and

Value Line



), up 12.1%.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $42.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Capital One Financial

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

China HGS Real Estate



), down 19.8%,

Impac Mortgage Holdings



), down 9.2%,

Marine Petroleum



), down 8.5% and

Bay Bancorp



), down 8.0% , were all laggards within the financial sector with

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings



) being today's financial sector laggard.

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Financial Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials




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