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) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Comerica rose 60 cents (2.1%) to $29.79 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.2 million shares of Comerica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.94-$29.87 after having opened the day at $28.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.19. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

Impac Mortgage Holdings



), up 15.3%,

Southern Connecticut Bancorp



), up 13.6%,

Knight Capital Group



), up 13.3%, and

Elbit Imaging



), up 12%.

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Comerica Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, provides financial products and services primarily in Texas, Arizona, California, Florida, and Michigan. Comerica has a market cap of $5.44 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Comerica a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comerica as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Porter Bancorp



), down 12.3%,

China Ceramics



), down 10.4%,

Carolina Trust Bank



), down 10%, and




), down 9.3%, were all laggards within the financial sector with

State Street



) being today's financial sector laggard.

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) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

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