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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 down 0.5%. By the end of trading, First Horizon National rose $0.18 (1.5%) to $12.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,393,417 shares of First Horizon National exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,124,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.39-$12.57 after having opened the day at $12.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.37. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:




), up 9.3%,

Riverview Bancorp



), up 8.0%,

Credit Suisse



), up 6.0% and

Plumas Bancorp



), up 5.9%.

First Horizon National Corporation operates as a bank holding company for First Tennessee Bank National Association that provides various financial services in the United States and internationally. First Horizon National has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 24.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate First Horizon National a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Horizon National as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front,

Pathfinder Bancorp



), down 12.0%,

Hatteras Financial Corporation



), down 10.8%,

Bank Bradesco



), down 9.5% and

Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio



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

Health Care REIT



) being today's financial sector laggard.

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) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

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