Today's Financial Gainers Led By Fidelity National Financial Inc. (FNF)

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Fidelity National Financial ( FNF) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Fidelity National Financial rose 26 cents (1.1%) to $24.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of Fidelity National Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.95-$24.23 after having opened the day at $23.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.91. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 29.7%, Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), up 17.9%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 7.7%, and Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), up 7.3%.
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Fidelity National Financial, Inc. provides title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services in the United States. Fidelity National Financial has a market cap of $5.44 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), down 9.3%, Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), down 6.7%, Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), down 6%, and Bank of the James Financial Group ( BOTJ), down 5.3%, were all laggards within the financial sector with Deutsche Bank ( DB) 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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