NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

First Niagara Financial Group

(Nasdaq:

FNFG

) is tomorrow, February 1, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $9.68 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.3%.

The average volume for First Niagara Financial Group has been 6.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. First Niagara Financial Group has a market cap of $2.83 billion and is part of the

financial

sector and

banking

industry. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for First Niagara Bank, N.A. that provides retail and commercial banking, and other financial services to individuals, families, and businesses. The company has a P/E ratio of 10, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 13.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates First Niagara Financial Group as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full

First Niagara Financial Group Ratings Report

.

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