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Health Care REIT

(

HCN

) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Health Care REIT rose $0.70 (1.2%) to $58.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,071,817 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,022,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.82-$58.80 after having opened the day at $58.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.08. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

Paulson Capital

(

PLCC

), up 10.0%,

Broadway Financial

(

BYFC

), up 8.5%,

Bank Bradesco

(

BBDO

), up 8.3% and

Siebert Financial Corporation

(

SIEB

), up 7.4%.

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 $17.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Full Circle Capital

(

FULL

), down 14.8%,

QIWI

(

QIWI

), down 11.0%,

US Global Investors

(

GROW

), down 10.5% and

E-House China Holdings

(

EJ

), down 6.7% , were all laggards within the financial sector with

Fifth Third Bancorp

(

FITB

) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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