Chubb

(

CB

) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Chubb rose 95 cents (1.3%) to $72.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $70.92-$72.50 after having opened the day at $71.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.12. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

Severn Bancorp

(

SVBI

), up 46.6%,

New England

(

NEBS

), up 29.9%,

Penson Worldwide

(

PNSN

), up 20%, and

Crescent Financial

(

CRFN

), up 19.4%.

The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. It offers personal insurance products, such as automobile, homeowners, and other personal coverage products, as well as supplemental accident and health insurance products. Chubb has a market cap of $19.52 billion and is part of the

insurance

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chubb a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chubb as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Hampton Roads Bankshares

(

HMPR

), down 18.1%,

National Bank of Greece

(

NBG

), down 16.7%,

Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group

(

RODM

), down 13.8%, and

Monarch Community Bancorp

(

MCBF

), down 12.2%, were all losers within the financial sector with

Blackstone Group

(

BX

) being today's financial sector loser.

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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