Credit Suisse Group

(

CS

) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Credit Suisse Group fell 11 cents (-0.5%) to $20.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.93-$20.42 after having opened the day at $20.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.24. Other company's within the Financial sector that declined today were:

BCSB Bankcorp

(

BCSB

), down 13.4%,

Yadkin Valley Financial Corporation

(

YAVY

), down 12.4%,

Crescent Financial

(

CRFN

), down 12.1%, and

OptimumBank Holdings

(

OPHC

), down 11.9%.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $24.91 billion and is part of the

banking

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 41.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Credit Suisse Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

First Bancshares Inc /MO

(

FBSI

), up 20.8%,

First Acceptance Corporation

(

FAC

), up 16.3%,

Doral Financial

(

DRL

), up 14.6%, and

BancTrust Financial Group

(

BTFG

), up 14%, were all gainers within the financial sector with

Public Storage

(

PSA

) being today's featured financial sector winner.

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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