The financial sector closed the day down 2.7%. Dearborn Bancorp Inc ( DEAR), American Realty Capital Properties Inc ( ARCP), Waccamaw Bankshares Inc ( WBNK), and North Central Bancshares Inc ( FFFD) were all winners today within the financial sector with First Financial Northwest Inc ( FFNW) being today's featured financial winner. First Financial Northwest Inc rose 17 cents (3.2%) to $5.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,800 shares of First Financial Northwest Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 48,100 shares.

First Financial Northwest, Inc. operates as the holding company for First Savings Bank Northwest that provides community-based savings bank services in Washington. First Financial Northwest Inc has a market cap of $98.9 million and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 31% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Financial Northwest as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive.

On the negative front, Imperial Holdings Inc ( IFT), OptimumBank Holdings Inc ( OPHC), ZipRealty Inc ( ZIPR), and Bank VA Chesterfield ( BOVA) 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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