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

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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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Regions Financial Corporation rose 12 cents (1.6%) to $7.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15.3 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.42-$7.60 after having opened the day at $7.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.43. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Oak Ridge Financial Services ( BKOR), up 13.9%, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 10.5%, First United ( FUNC), up 10.3%, and HMN Financial ( HMNF), up 9.9%.
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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 $10.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 72.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Greene County Bancorp ( GCBC), down 11.5%, Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), down 10.2%, Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), down 9.8%, and Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), down 9.3%, were all laggards within the financial sector with Unum Group ( UNM) 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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