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UBS ( UBS) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, UBS rose 27 cents (1.7%) to $16.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of UBS exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.16-$16.34 after having opened the day at $16.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.07. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Southern Connecticut Bancorp ( SSE), up 18.3%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 16.9%, Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), up 16.1%, and IFM Investments ( CTC), up 15.1%.
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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 $61.34 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate UBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate 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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Amrep Corporation ( AXR), down 12.1%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 11.2%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 10.2%, and American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 7.7%, were all laggards within the financial sector with Prudential Financial ( PRU) 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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