Invesco Ltd. (IVZ): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Invesco ( IVZ) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Invesco rose 15 cents (0.7%) to $22.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.85-$22.30 after having opened the day at $22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.88. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Carver Bancorp ( CARV), up 97.5%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), up 15.9%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 14.7%, and CMS Bancorp ( CMSB), up 13.2%.

Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to individuals, typically high net worth individuals. It also manages accounts for institutions. The firm manages separate client focused equity, fixed income, balanced portfolios. Invesco has a market cap of $9.92 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 13.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Invesco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Invesco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, CD International ( CDII), down 16.1%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 13.2%, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 10.5%, and OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 9.7%, were all losers within the financial sector with Bank of New York Mellon ( BK) 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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