HCP Inc (HCP): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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HCP ( HCP) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, HCP fell $1.41 (-2.6%) to $52.53 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,797,179 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,197,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $52.42-$53.71 after having opened the day at $53.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.94. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Patriot National Bancorp ( PNBK), down 12.2%, Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), down 11.6%, Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), down 9.8% and Calamos Asset Management ( CLMS), down 7.3%.
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HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $24.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 22.8%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 16.5%, Capital ( CT), down 11.0% and MBIA ( MBI), down 7.6% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Aon plc ( AON) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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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