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Health Care REIT



) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Health Care REIT fell $1.66 (-2.5%) to $63.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,453,248 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,863,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.73-$65.54 after having opened the day at $65.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.39. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were:

Hampton Roads Bankshares



), down 12.6%,

Bank Bradesco



), down 10.4%,

Carrollton Bancorp



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), down 10.3% and

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), down 9.8%.

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 $18.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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


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

On the positive front,

Credit Suisse



), up 16.4%,

Institutional Financial Markets



), up 15.6%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage I



), up 13.8% and

Bank of the James Financial Group



), up 11.8%.

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Financial Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

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