Northern Trust Corporation (NTRS): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Northern Trust Corporation ( NTRS) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Northern Trust Corporation rose $0.69 (1.2%) to $60.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,825,280 shares of Northern Trust Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,446,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $59.49-$60.44 after having opened the day at $59.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.42. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: CapitalSource ( CSE), up 21.8%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), up 11.9%, Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), up 11.1% and MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 10.2%.

Northern Trust Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary, and banking solutions worldwide. Northern Trust Corporation has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Northern Trust Corporation a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northern Trust Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. 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, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 11.4%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 10.0%, Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 9.1% and First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 6.8% , were all laggards within the financial sector with ACE ( ACE) being today's financial sector laggard.

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