Capital One Financial Corp (COF): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Capital One Financial ( COF) 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, Capital One Financial rose 78 cents (1.4%) to $54.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of Capital One Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.84-$55.02 after having opened the day at $54.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.20. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 35.5%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 18%, HMG/Courtland Properties ( HMG), up 13.5%, and Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), up 11.6%.
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Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA), and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Capital One Financial has a market cap of $31.69 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Capital One Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Capital One Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 9.1%, First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), down 8.2%, Unico American Corporation ( UNAM), down 6.8%, and Lake Shore Bancorp ( LSBK), down 6.8%, were all laggards within the financial sector with BRE Properties ( BRE) 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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