Post Properties Inc

(

PPS

) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.8%. By the end of trading, Post Properties Inc rose 79 cents (2%) to $41.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 774,878 shares of Post Properties Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 713,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.44-$41.22 after having opened the day at $39.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.29. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

Ohio Legacy Corporation

(

OLCB

), up 45.3%,

OptimumBank Holdings Inc

(

OPHC

), up 29.6%,

Yadkin Valley Financial Corporation

(

YAVY

), up 12.6%, and

Merriman Holdings Inc

(

MERR

), up 12.5%.

Post Properties, Inc., a real estate investments trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, ownership, and management of multifamily apartment communities in the United States. Post Properties Inc has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the

real estate

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, below the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 59.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Post as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front,

Tennessee Commerce Bancorp Inc

(

TNCC

), down 85.5%,

Hampton Roads Bankshares Inc

(

HMPRD

), down 26.2%,

Hampton Roads Bankshares Inc

(

HMPR

), down 26.2%, and

First Capital Bancorp Inc

(

FCVA

), down 25.9%, were all losers within the financial sector with

BlackRock Inc

(

BLK

) 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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