The

financial

sector closed the day down 2.2%.

Porter Bancorp Inc

(

PBIB

),

First United

(

FUNC

),

Elbit Imaging

(

EMITF

), and

Walker & Dunlop Inc

(

WD

) were all winners today within the financial sector with

Plum Creek Timber Co Inc

(

PCL

) being today's featured financial winner. Plum Creek Timber Co Inc rose 27 cents (0.7%) to $36.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Plum Creek Timber Co Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares.

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber Co Inc has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the

real estate

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 34, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 33.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber Co as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in net income. 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,

MF Global Holdings

(

MF

),

Waccamaw Bankshares Inc

(

WBNK

),

BancorpSouth Inc

(

BXS

), and

Income Opportunity Realty Investors

(

IOT

) were all losers within the financial sector with

Citigroup Inc

(

C

) being today's financial sector Loser Spotlight stock.

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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