DDR ( DDR) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, DDR fell 8 cents (-0.6%) to $13.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of DDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.36-$14.08 after having opened the day at $13.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.97. Other company's within the Financial sector that declined today were: Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 11.1%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 9.3%, Dominion Resources Black Warrior ( DOM), down 7.3%, and Oak Valley Bancorp ( OVLY), down 7%.

DDR Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company engages in acquiring, developing, redeveloping, owning, leasing, and managing shopping centers, mini-malls, and lifestyle centers. DDR has a market cap of $3.88 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 16% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate DDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Community West ( CWBC), up 18.7%, Palmetto ( PLMT), up 13.6%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 13%, and GFI Group ( GFIG), up 12.5%, were all gainers within the financial sector with U.S. Bancorp ( USB) being today's featured financial sector winner.

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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