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Prudential Financial



) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Prudential Financial rose $0.79 (1.1%) to $70.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,705,681 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,091,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.15-$70.76 after having opened the day at $69.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.22. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

Millennium India Acquisition Corporation



), up 14.7%,

China HGS Real Estate



), up 13.7%,

Southcoast Financial Corporation



), up 10.0% and

Credit Suisse



), up 9.9%.

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Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $31.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Prudential Financial

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

National Bank of Greece



), down 42.0%,

CKX Lands



), down 8.0%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage II



), down 5.5% and

RBS Oil Trendpilot Exchange Traded Notes



), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the financial sector with




) being today's financial sector laggard.

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