The financial sector closed the day up 1.8%. OptimumBank Holdings Inc ( OPHC), Pacific Office Properties Trust Inc ( PCE), Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), and Mid Penn Bancorp Inc ( MPB) were all decliners today within the financial sector with Supertel Hospitality Inc ( SPPR) being today's featured financial loser. Supertel Hospitality Inc fell 5 cents (-7%) to 65 cents on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,725 shares of Supertel Hospitality Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,500 shares.

Supertel Hospitality, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It primarily invests in limited-service hotels. The firm was formerly known as Humphrey Hospitality Trust, Inc. Supertel Hospitality, Inc. Supertel Hospitality Inc has a market cap of $14.1 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 55.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Supertel as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally weak debt management, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, American Realty Investors Inc ( ARL), Ameritrans Capital Corporation ( AMTC), Carver Bancorp Inc ( CARV), and PMI Group Inc ( PMI) were all gainers within the financial sector with U.S. Bancorp ( USB) being today's featured financial sector winner.

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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