The financial sector closed the day down 3.6%. Oak Valley Bancorp ( OVLY), First Place Financial Corporation ( FPFC), Bank VA Chesterfield ( BOVA), and Provident Community Bancshares Inc ( PCBS) were all winners today within the financial sector with Sprott Resource Lending ( SILU) being today's featured financial winner. Sprott Resource Lending rose one cent (0.7%) to $1.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 144,021 shares of Sprott Resource Lending exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 241,500 shares.

Sprott Resource Lending Corp., a natural resource lender, provides bridge and mezzanine financing to precious and base metal mining, exploration, and development companies, as well as energy companies worldwide. The company was formerly known as Quest Capital Corp. Sprott Resource Lending has a market cap of $189.4 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 29.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sprott Resource Lending as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc ( AFFM), China Housing & Land Development Inc ( CHLN), Popular Inc ( BPOP), and Phoenix Companies Inc ( PNX) 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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