The financial sector closed the day up 2.7%. Mercantile Bancorp Inc ( MBR), FNB NC Corporation ( FNBN), Community Financial ( CFFC), and Park Bancorp Inc ( PFED) were all decliners today within the financial sector with BankAtlantic Bancorp ( BBX) being today's featured financial loser. BankAtlantic Bancorp fell 3 cents (-1.5%) to $2.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 27,327 shares of BankAtlantic Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 235,400 shares.

BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for BankAtlantic that provides retail and business banking products and services in Florida. BankAtlantic Bancorp has a market cap of $33.6 million and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 64.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates BankAtlantic as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, PMI Group Inc ( PMI), Northern States Financial ( NSFC), NTS Realty Holdings Limited Partnership ( NLP), and Old Second Bancorp Inc ( OSBC) were all gainers within the financial sector with JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) 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).