E*Trade Financial Corp (ETFC): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

E*Trade Financial ( ETFC) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, E*Trade Financial rose 11 cents (1%) to $11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.1 million shares of E*Trade Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.86-$11.05 after having opened the day at $10.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.89. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 33.8%, Homeowners Choice ( HCI), up 19.4%, Homex Development ( HXM), up 13.6%, and China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 13.3%.
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E*TRADE Financial Corporation, a financial services company, provides online brokerage and related products and services primarily to individual retail investors under the E*TRADE Financial brand in the United States. E*Trade Financial has a market cap of $3.09 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate E*Trade Financial a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E*Trade Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 14.1%, Emclaire Financial Corporation ( EMCF), down 10%, Old Second Bancorp ( OSBC), down 9.7%, and Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 8.8%, were all laggards within the financial sector with Realty Income Corporation ( O) 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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