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Newcastle Investment Corporation



) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Newcastle Investment Corporation rose $0.17 (3.3%) to $5.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,034,190 shares of Newcastle Investment Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,378,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.21-$5.46 after having opened the day at $5.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.10. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

Institutional Financial Markets



), up 16.7%,




), up 8.3%,

Orix Corporation



), up 7.4% and

Mizuho Financial Group



), up 7.3%.

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Newcastle Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment and finance company in the United States. Newcastle Investment Corporation has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 41.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Newcastle Investment Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newcastle Investment Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Life Partners Holdings



), down 19.1%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage II



), down 10.3%,

Ryman Hospitality Properties



), down 8.1% and

American Spectrum Realty



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




) being today's financial sector laggard.

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