Health Care REIT Inc. (HCN): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Health Care REIT ( HCN) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Health Care REIT fell $1.61 (-2.7%) to $58.14 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.6 million shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.41-$59.34 after having opened the day at $59.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.75. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), down 8.5%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 8.3%, Credit Suisse ( UOIL), down 7.8%, and Direct Markets Holdings ( MKTS), down 7.4%.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $12.69 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 75.8, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 54.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations 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 positive front, Penson Worldwide ( PNSN), up 33.2%, Anchor Bancorp ( ANCB), up 15.3%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 11.1%, and Stewardship Financial Corporation ( SSFN), up 10.6%, were all gainers within the financial sector with AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) 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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