Credit Suisse Group (CS): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Credit Suisse Group ( CS) 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, Credit Suisse Group rose 65 cents (3.7%) to $18.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.3 million shares of Credit Suisse Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.10-$18.47 after having opened the day at $18.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.70. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), up 19.3%, Central Federal ( CFBK), up 17%, Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), up 16.4%, and Broadway Financial ( BYFC), up 15.7%.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $21.39 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 35.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 25.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Credit Suisse Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Guaranty Federal ( GFED), down 20.5%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 17.1%, Monarch Community Bancorp ( MCBF), down 15.8%, and Severn Bancorp ( SVBI), down 14.5%, were all losers within the financial sector with BlackRock ( BLK) 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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