Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Senior Housing Properties ( SNH) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Senior Housing Properties rose 23 cents (1%) to $22.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Senior Housing Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.40-$22.72 after having opened the day at $22.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.44. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Sussex Bancorp ( SBBX), up 14.9%, IFM Investments ( CTC), up 11.9%, Grupo Financiero Galicia ( GGAL), up 10.6%, and Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), up 9.2%.
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Senior Housing Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), primarily invests in senior housing properties in the United States. The trust invests in hospitals, nursing homes, senior apartments, independent living properties, and assisted living properties. Senior Housing Properties has a market cap of $3.95 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Senior Housing Properties a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Senior Housing Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 10.9%, Bank of the James Financial Group ( BOTJ), down 10.9%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 10.3%, and Carver Bancorp ( CARV), down 10.3%, were all laggards within the financial sector with SunTrust Banks ( STI) 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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