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Wells Fargo

(

WFC

) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Wells Fargo fell $0.73 (-1.6%) to $45.32 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 24,794,908 shares of Wells Fargo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,513,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.23-$45.71 after having opened the day at $45.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.05. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were:

DFC Global

(

DLLR

), down 28.9%,

Gaming and Leisure Properties

(

GLPI

), down 24.0%,

iPath Dow Jones-UBS Lead Total Return Sub-I

(

LD

), down 19.2% and

Broadway Financial

(

BYFC

), down 17.8%.

Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services. Wells Fargo has a market cap of $240.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wells Fargo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Wells Fargo

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,

Siebert Financial Corporation

(

SIEB

), up 30.7%,

Credit Suisse

(

TVIX

), up 16.7%,

C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index TR ETN

(

CVOL

), up 15.2% and

Income Opportunity Realty Investors

(

IOT

), up 9.3% , were all gainers within the financial sector with

Annaly Capital Management

(

NLY

) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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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