The financial sector closed the day up 1.5%. First Financial Holdings Inc ( FFCH), Carver Bancorp Inc ( CARV), Connecticut Bank & Trust Company ( CTBC), and Peoples Bancorp of NC ( PEBK) were all winners today within the financial sector with JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) being today's featured financial winner. JPMorgan Chase rose 69 cents (2.1%) to $34.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 36.3 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 50.8 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $134.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.4, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally poor debt management and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, FNB NC Corporation ( FNBN), First Security Group Inc ( FSGI), Merriman Holdings Inc ( MERR), and Waccamaw Bankshares Inc ( WBNK) were all losers within the financial sector with Hudson City Bancorp Inc ( HCBK) 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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