Ameriprise Financial Inc (AMP): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

Ameriprise Financial ( AMP) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Ameriprise Financial fell $0.93 (-1.1%) to $85.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 965,893 shares of Ameriprise Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,336,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $85.24-$86.70 after having opened the day at $86.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.33. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 12.2%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 10.4%, Bank Bradesco ( BBDO), down 10.2% and MoneyGram International ( MGI), down 9.1%.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in the United States and internationally. Ameriprise Financial has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 38.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ameriprise Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ameriprise Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Altis Resident ( RESI), up 19.4%, Pathfinder Bancorp ( PBHC), up 18.3%, Doral Financial ( DRL), up 10.5% and First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), up 8.5% , were all gainers within the financial sector with MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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