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Franklin Resources

(

BEN

) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Franklin Resources fell $1.30 (-2.5%) to $51.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,553,061 shares of Franklin Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,805,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.16-$52.95 after having opened the day at $52.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.77. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were:

OptimumBank Holdings

(

OPHC

), down 11.8%,

IFM Investments

(

CTC

), down 11.0%,

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group

(

OZM

), down 9.9% and

Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR

(

HXM

), down 8.2%.

Franklin Resources Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It manages, through its subsidiary, separate client-focused equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $34.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Franklin Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Franklin Resources

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 positive front,

RCS Capital

TheStreet Recommends

(

RCAP

), up 8.0%,

InnSuites Hospitality

(

IHT

), up 7.7%,

Northstar Realty Finance

(

NRF

), up 7.3% and

Mackinac Financial

(

MFNC

), up 6.7% , were all gainers within the financial sector with

HCP

(

HCP

) 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

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).

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