Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Toronto-Dominion Bank ( TD) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Toronto-Dominion Bank rose 41 cents (0.5%) to $79.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 533,794 shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 674,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.08-$79.34 after having opened the day at $78.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.66. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Jacksonville Bancorp Inc (FL ( JAXB), up 40.7%, QCR Holdings ( QCRH), up 14.9%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), up 11.5%, and Credit Suisse ( DWTI), up 10.7%.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial and banking services in North America and internationally. The company's Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking segment offers various financial products and services to personal and small business customers. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $69.81 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 11.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Toronto-Dominion Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), down 13.9%, Credit Suisse ( UWTI), down 11.6%, Credit Suisse ( UOIL), down 9.6%, and Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 9%, were all losers within the financial sector with Equity Residential ( EQR) 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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