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) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, DDR fell 17 cents (-1.1%) to $15.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of DDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.15-$15.40 after having opened the day at $15.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.38. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were:

Porter Bancorp



), down 10.3%,

National Bank of Greece



), down 8.2%,

Magyar Bancorp



), down 7.8%, and

Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania



), down 6.9%.

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DDR Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company engages in acquiring, developing, redeveloping, owning, leasing, and managing shopping centers, mini-malls, and lifestyle centers. DDR has a market cap of $4.81 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate DDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DDR 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 and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front,

Carver Bancorp



), up 57.3%,

Knight Capital Group



), up 15.2%,

Institutional Financial Markets



), up 11.3%, and

Amrep Corporation



), up 11.2%, were all gainers within the financial sector with

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation



) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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



) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials




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