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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Regions Financial Corporation rose 9 cents (1.2%) to $7.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 21.2 million shares of Regions Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.30-$7.45 after having opened the day at $7.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.29. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), up 15.8%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 14.8%, Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), up 14.6%, and Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 10.9%.
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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 $10.16 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Regions Financial Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regions Financial Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

On the negative front, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 13.4%, Mesabi ( MSB), down 7.6%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), down 6.7%, and First Capital Bancorp ( FCVA), down 6.3%, were all laggards within the financial sector with Charles Schwab ( SCHW) 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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