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Ocwen Financial Corporation



) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Ocwen Financial Corporation rose $0.93 (1.7%) to $55.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 663,667 shares of Ocwen Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,940,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.11-$56.06 after having opened the day at $55.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.89. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

United Bancorp



), up 8.4%,

BCB Bancorp



), up 6.4%,

First Financial Service Corporation



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), up 5.8% and

Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio



), up 5.8%.

Ocwen Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the servicing and origination of mortgage loans in the United States and internationally. Ocwen Financial Corporation has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 58.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ocwen Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ocwen Financial Corporation

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front,

Bay Bancorp



), down 6.6%,

Georgetown Bancorp



), down 5.1%,

Central Valley Community Bancorp



), down 5.1% and

First Capital Bancorp



), down 4.4% , were all laggards within the banking industry with




) being today's banking industry laggard.

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