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Health Care REIT

(

HCN

) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Health Care REIT fell $2.17 (-3.2%) to $65.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,052,768 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,518,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.30-$67.94 after having opened the day at $67.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.85. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were:

Pathfinder Bancorp

(

PBHC

), down 12.0%,

Hatteras Financial Corporation

(

HTS

), down 10.8%,

Bank Bradesco

(

BBDO

), down 9.5% and

Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio

(

VBFC

), down 9.3%.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $19.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Health Care REIT

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,

MicroFinancial

(

MFI

), up 9.3%,

Riverview Bancorp

(

RVSB

), up 8.0%,

Credit Suisse

(

DWTI

), up 6.0% and

Plumas Bancorp

(

PLBC

), up 5.9% , were all gainers within the financial sector with

First Horizon National

(

FHN

) 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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