The financial sector closed the day down 2.3%. American Realty Investors Inc ( ARL), Waccamaw Bankshares Inc ( WBNK), J.W. Mays Inc ( MAYS), and Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA) were all winners today within the financial sector with Advance America Cash Advance Centers Inc ( AEA) being today's featured financial winner. Advance America Cash Advance Centers Inc rose 17 cents (2.3%) to $7.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 552,728 shares of Advance America Cash Advance Centers Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 907,500 shares.

Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc. provides cash advance services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Advance America Cash Advance Centers Inc has a market cap of $466.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, equal to the average financial services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Advance America Cash Advance Centers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Carver Bancorp Inc ( CARV), Capital Bank Corporation ( CBKN), IFM Investments ( CTC), and Palmetto Bancshares Inc ( PLMT) were all losers within the financial sector with Aflac Inc ( AFL) 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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