Regions Financial Corporation (RF): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Regions Financial Corporation rose 13 cents (2%) to $6.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 19.7 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.67-$6.92 after having opened the day at $6.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.75. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: CMS Bancorp ( CMSB), up 19%, MBT Financial Corporation ( MBTF), up 18.4%, Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), up 14.3%, and Crescent Financial ( CRFN), up 13.2%.

Regions Financial Corporation operates as the holding company for Regions Bank that provides a range of commercial, retail, and mortgage banking services in the United States. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Central Federal ( CFBK), down 13.8%, Bluegreen Corporation ( BXG), down 12%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 11.7%, and First M&F ( FMFC), down 10.2%, were all losers within the financial sector with Principal Financial Group ( PFG) 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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