Invesco Ltd. (IVZ): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Invesco ( IVZ) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Invesco rose 45 cents (1.8%) to $25.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.4 million shares of Invesco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.05-$25.55 after having opened the day at $25.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.97. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Jacksonville Bancorp Inc (FL ( JAXB), up 15.8%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 14.9%, MSB Financial Corporation ( MSBF), up 12.2%, and Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), up 12.1%.
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Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to individuals, typically high net worth individuals. It also manages accounts for institutions. The firm manages separate client focused equity, fixed income, balanced portfolios. Invesco has a market cap of $11.03 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Invesco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Invesco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, First Citizens Banc ( FCZA), down 9.5%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 8.6%, Hawthorn ( HWBK), down 8.3%, and Crescent Financial ( CRFN), down 7.2%, were all laggards within the financial sector with Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) 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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