Ocwen Financial Corporation (OCN): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

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Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Ocwen Financial Corporation fell 56 cents (-1.5%) to $37.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Ocwen Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.38-$38.42 after having opened the day at $38.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.08. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Bank of the James Financial Group ( BOTJ), down 7.3%, Jacksonville Bancorp Inc (FL ( JAXB), down 6.4%, Landmark Bancorp ( LARK), down 6.1%, and Xenith Bankshares ( XBKS), down 5.5%.
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Ocwen Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides residential and commercial mortgage loan servicing, special servicing, and asset management services in the United States and internationally. Ocwen Financial Corporation has a market cap of $5.23 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Ocwen Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ocwen Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Old Second Bancorp ( OSBC), up 13.2%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), up 9.8%, Camco Financial ( CAFI), up 9.7%, and Severn Bancorp ( SVBI), up 9%, were all gainers within the banking industry with State Street ( STT) being today's featured banking industry leader.

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