UBS AG (UBS): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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UBS ( UBS) 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, UBS fell 17 cents (-1.3%) to $13.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.33-$13.65 after having opened the day at $13.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.57. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Doral Financial ( DRL), down 11.4%, Reinsurance Group of America ( RGA), down 10.8%, First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), down 8%, and Greenhill ( GHL), down 8%.
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UBS AG, a financial services firm, provides wealth management, asset management, and investment banking products and services to private, corporate, and institutional clients worldwide. The company is also involved in retail and commercial banking in Switzerland. UBS has a market cap of $51.02 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 18.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UBS as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

On the positive front, Jacksonville Bancorp Inc (FL ( JAXB), up 22.2%, SP Bancorp ( SPBC), up 10.6%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 10%, and ZipRealty ( ZIPR), up 8.5%, were all gainers within the financial sector with Equity Residential ( EQR) 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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