Brookfield Office Properties Inc (BPO): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Brookfield Office Properties fell 20 cents (-1.2%) to $16.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of Brookfield Office Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.86-$17.24 after having opened the day at $16.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.12. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Jacksonville Bancorp Inc (FL ( JAXB), down 17.7%, Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), down 11.7%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 8.2%, and Symetra Financial Corporation ( SYA), down 7.1%.
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Brookfield Properties Corporation is a publicly owned real estate investment firm. The firm engages in the ownership, development, and management of premier commercial properties. It also provides ancillary real estate service businesses, such as tenant service and amenities. Brookfield Office Properties has a market cap of $8.82 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Brookfield Office Properties a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Office Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 23.7%, Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), up 16.2%, Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), up 15.3%, and US Global Investors ( GROW), up 9.8%, were all gainers within the financial sector with Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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