Fidelity National Financial Inc. (FNF): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Fidelity National Financial ( FNF) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Fidelity National Financial fell 23 cents (-1.2%) to $18.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Fidelity National Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.80-$19.16 after having opened the day at $19.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.11. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Central Federal ( CFBK), down 31.5%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 10.9%, Anchor Bancorp ( ANCB), down 9.8%, and Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), down 9.4%.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services in the United States. Fidelity National Financial has a market cap of $4.19 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 8.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), up 32.8%, Ohio Legacy Corporation ( OLCB), up 17.6%, Penson Worldwide ( PNSN), up 14.3%, and Credit Suisse ( UOIL), up 13.8%, were all gainers within the financial sector with Credit Suisse Group ( CS) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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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