American Realty Capital Properties Inc (ARCP): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, American Realty Capital Properties rose $0.17 (1.1%) to $16.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,615,763 shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,181,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.14-$16.41 after having opened the day at $16.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.23. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 11.4%, Stewardship Financial Corporation ( SSFN), up 8.3%, Marlin Business Services ( MRLN), up 7.4% and Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), up 7.0%.
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American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties has a market cap of $215.8 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 24.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 14.6%, Greenhill ( GHL), down 11.7%, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 9.3% and Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), down 8.0% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Travelers Companies ( TRV) 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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