BlackRock Inc (BLK): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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BlackRock ( BLK) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, BlackRock rose $5.06 (1.8%) to $284.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 564,353 shares of BlackRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 768,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $280.00-$284.98 after having opened the day at $280.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $279.39. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 14.7%, Stewardship Financial Corporation ( SSFN), up 10.5%, eHealth ( EHTH), up 10.0% and Capital ( CT), up 10.0%.
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BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $46.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate BlackRock a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BlackRock as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 negative front, Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), down 15.2%, Jacksonville Bancorp ( JAXB), down 13.5%, Atlanticus Holdings ( ATLC), down 9.4% and China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 9.1% , were all laggards within the financial sector with ARMOUR Residential REIT ( ARR) 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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