Hartford Financial Services Group Inc (HIG): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Hartford Financial Services Group ( HIG) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Hartford Financial Services Group rose $0.81 (2.8%) to $29.99 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,993,181 shares of Hartford Financial Services Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,144,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.67-$30.80 after having opened the day at $30.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.18. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Valley Financial ( VYFC), up 21.8%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 20.2%, Credit Suisse ( DSLV), up 17.6% and OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 14.6%.

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services to individual and business customers primarily in the United States and Japan. Hartford Financial Services Group has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 30.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Hartford Financial Services Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hartford Financial Services Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, First Cash Financial Services ( FCFS), down 10.5%, Amrep Corporation ( AXR), down 10.3%, National Security Group ( NSEC), down 9.1% and Emclaire Financial Corporation ( EMCF), down 8.4%.

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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