Today's Financial Gainers Led By ACE Ltd (ACE)

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ACE ( ACE) 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, ACE rose 97 cents (1.1%) to $91.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of ACE exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $91.11-$92.28 after having opened the day at $91.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.94. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Altis Resident ( RESI), up 31.9%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 24.2%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), up 11.6%, and Northeast Community Bancorp ( NECB), up 9.7%.
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ACE Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance and reinsurance products to insured's worldwide. ACE has a market cap of $30.79 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate ACE a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACE as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 9.5%, Central Federal ( CFBK), down 8.1%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 8%, and OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 6.8%, were all laggards within the financial sector with Ryman Hospitality Properties ( RHP) 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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