BanColombia SA (CIB): Today's Featured Financial Winner

BanColombia ( CIB) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, BanColombia rose 57 cents (0.9%) to $63.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 564,590 shares of BanColombia exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 360,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $62.26-$63.72 after having opened the day at $62.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.44. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: FNB United ( FNBN), up 30.6%, Stratus Properties ( STRS), up 13.7%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 11.8%, and Capital ( CT), up 10.7%.

Bancolombia S.A. provides financial products and services to individual and corporate customers in Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Peru, Brazil, the United States, and Spain. BanColombia has a market cap of $8.08 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 14.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate BanColombia a buy, five analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BanColombia as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Central Federal ( CFBK), down 26.3%, Northeast Bancorp ( NBN), down 20.5%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 18.7%, and SYSWIN ( SYSW), down 16.3%, were all losers within the financial sector with Citigroup ( C) 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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