Regions Financial Corporation (RF): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Regions Financial Corporation rose 19 cents (2.9%) to $6.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 22.3 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.65-$6.86 after having opened the day at $6.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.66. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), up 15.7%, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 12.2%, Fidelity Bancorp ( FSBI), up 11.6%, and Mid Penn Bancorp ( MPB), up 9.1%.

Regions Financial Corporation operates as the holding company for Regions Bank that provides a range of commercial, retail, and mortgage banking services in the United States. Regions Financial Corporation has a market cap of $9.46 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

On the negative front, StanCorp Financial Group ( SFG), down 11%, SYSWIN ( SYSW), down 7.5%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 7.1%, and PremierWest Bancorp ( PRWT), down 7.1%, were all losers within the financial sector with TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) 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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