Knight Capital Group

(

KCG

) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, Knight Capital Group rose 24 cents (1.9%) to $12.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of Knight Capital Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 979,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.36-$12.71 after having opened the day at $12.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.45. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

Penson Worldwide

(

PNSN

), up 18.4%,

Thomas Properties Group

(

TPGI

), up 18%,

Plumas Bancorp

(

PLBC

), up 12.8%, and

National Security Group

(

NSEC

), up 11.8%.

Knight Capital Group, Inc., a financial services company, provides access to the capital markets across multiple asset classes to buy-and sell-side firms and corporations, as well as offers capital markets services to corporate issuers and private companies primarily in the United States. Knight Capital Group has a market cap of $1.19 billion and is part of the

financial services

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 9.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Knight Capital Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Knight Capital Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Severn Bancorp

(

SVBI

), down 15.4%,

FNB United

(

FNBN

), down 11.3%,

Princeton National Bancorp

(

PNBC

), down 10.9%, and

Southern Connecticut Bancorp

(

SSE

), down 10.6%, were all losers within the financial sector with

PNC Financial Services Group

(

PNC

) being today's financial sector loser.

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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