Aon Plc (AON): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Aon plc ( AON) 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, Aon plc rose 50 cents (1%) to $51.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.3 million shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.43-$51.60 after having opened the day at $50.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.80. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Savannah Bancorp ( SAVB), up 62.7%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 23.5%, Central Federal ( CFBK), up 22.5%, and Ohio Legacy Corporation ( OLCB), up 16.1%.

Aon Corporation provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services primarily in the United States, the Americas, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Aon plc has a market cap of $16.43 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 17.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Monarch Community Bancorp ( MCBF), down 14.3%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 11.8%, CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), down 8.7%, and Peoples Financial Corporation ( PFBX), down 8.3%, were all laggards within the financial sector with T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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