Willis Group Holdings PLC (WSH): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Willis Group Holdings ( WSH) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Willis Group Holdings rose 52 cents (1.4%) to $37.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of Willis Group Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.68-$37.33 after having opened the day at $36.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.80. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), up 27.5%, Firstbank Corp Michigan ( FBMI), up 19.1%, Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), up 16.1%, and Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), up 12.3%.

Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company provides a range of insurance brokerage, reinsurance, and risk management consulting services to its clients worldwide. Willis Group Holdings has a market cap of $6.39 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.5, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 16.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Willis Group Holdings a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Willis Group Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the negative front, Central Federal ( CFBK), down 18.2%, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), down 17.4%, Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), down 12%, and Credit Suisse ( DOIL), down 10.8%, 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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