Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank rose 58 cents (0.8%) to $71.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 845,595 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 782,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.03-$72.54 after having opened the day at $71.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.88. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: First Security Group Inc ( FSGI), up 90.4%, Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), up 49.6%, Home Federal Bancorp Inc of louisiana ( HFBL), up 22.7%, and Tennessee Commerce Bancorp Inc ( TNCC), up 21.3%.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial services in North America and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management, U.S. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $63.77 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 11.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toronto-Dominion as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Northern States Financial ( NSFC), down 16%, First Bancshares Inc ( FBMS), down 14.5%, Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 13%, and Stag Industrial Inc ( STAG), down 12.8%, were all losers within the financial sector with American Capital Agency ( AGNC) being today's financial sector loser.

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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