Washington Federal ( WFSL) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Washington Federal rose 12 cents (0.9%) to $13.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 792,799 shares of Washington Federal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 742,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.98-$13.37 after having opened the day at $13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.95. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), up 45%, Bank of the Carolinas ( BCAR), up 41.2%, Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), up 22.5%, and Berkshire Bancorp ( BERK), up 14.2%. Washington Federal, Inc. operates as the holding company for Washington Federal, which provides various financial services in the United States. Washington Federal has a market cap of $1.41 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Washington Federal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Washington Federal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.
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